Yonezawa Jiro (1956-)



Okimono “Hito” (human)
Signed: Jiro
Yonezawa Jiro (1956-)
Madake bamboo, cane, lacquer, ca. 2015
Tomobako, original box
Sashi weave
Yonezawa Jiro won the Grand prix at Shinkougeiten in 2015.

Yonezawa Jirō was born in Ōita in 1956, and trained in the artisanal school in Beppu, the centre of bamboo production in Kyushu. He sophisticated his skill from the bamboo artist Ono Masakatsu. He moved to the Unites States in 1989 and based in Portland, Oregon. He worked for the following eighteen years there holding exhibitions, meanwhile he was exposed to the American crafts, which continuously influences his creativity even after returning to Kyushu in 2007. He uses different materials such as Styrofoam and steel wire in his art to prosecute the shape and form he intended. Hence, his works diverse in size and style.

1991 Jurors’ Award of Recognition, Basketry >From All Directions, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
1993 Excellence in Craftsmanship, Ninth Celebration of the Arts, Arts in Oregon Council, Salem, OR
1993 Excellence in Craftsmanship, Content/Container, Textile Arts Centre, Chicago, IL
1993 WESAF/NEA regional fellowship alternate
1993 Excellence in Craftsmanship, The Pacific Northwest Contemporary Basketry Exhibit ‘91, Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA

Public collections
American Craft Museum, New York, NY
Bellevue Art Museum, Washington
California Crafts Museum, San Francisco, California
Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, Wisconsin
City of Portland, Oregon
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
Corvallis Art Center, Oregon
Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri
Long House Reserve, East Hampton, New York
Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, Washington
The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina
Portland Art Museum, Oregon
Springfield Museum, Oregon