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fukami sueharu

fukami sueharu

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fukami sueharu 深見陶治(1947- )

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This, one of a kind, elegant large piece by Fukami Sueharu, arguably Japan's most popular ceramic artist, beautifully utilizes the pure bluish-white celadon that is his signature color. The delicate ceramic piece balances perfectly on three small wooden pedestals, seemingly defying gravity and giving the feeling of floating. This weightlessness is accentuated by a slight uplift where the central crease meets the edge of the piece, as if the work is on the edge of flight.  

   The purity of Fukami's impeccable surface is a source of great pride for the artist, one that he feels conveys a sense of transcendent elegance. This piece resembles the form of a lily pad leaf, evoking the peaceful contemplation one finds beside a quiet pond. Fukami's beautiful pale blue celadon ceramics, inspired by Chinese Song Dynasty porcelain, are widely collected and are represented in many museum collections.  

 

biography

1947   Born in Kyoto as a son of potter

Selected Public Collections:

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art/The National Museum of Art, Osaka

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs/ Japan Foundation

Kyoto Prefectural Sogo – Shiryoukan

The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art,

The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park

Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu

Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza (Italy)

Hetjens Museum (Germany)

Ariana Museum (Switzerland)

Geneve Art and History Museum (Switzerland)

Musée des Art Decoratifs de la Ville de Lausanne (Switzerland)

Victoria and Albert Museum (England)

Everson Museum (U.S.A.)

Musée des Art Decoratifs (France)

Portland Museum of Art (U.S.A.)

St.Louis Museum of Art (U.S.A.)

New Castle Museum (Australia)

Spencer Museum (U.S.A.)

British Museum (England)

Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain (France)

Argentina Museum of Modern Art, Japanese House (Argentina)

Brooklyn Museum (U.S.A.)

International Permanent Collection of Modern Art (Yugoslavia)

The National Museum of History (Taiwan)

Prague Decorative Museum of Art (Czecho)

The Art Institute of Chikago (U.S.A.)

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (U.S.A.)

The Yale University Art Gallery (U.S.A.)

New Orleans Museum of Art (U.S.A.)

Musee National de Ceramique (France)

Indianapolis Museum of Art ( USA )

North Carolina Museum of Art (USA)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA)

National Gallery of Australia (Australia)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (USA)

The Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture (USA)

Houston Museum(USA)

The McManus Galleries & Museum, Dundee (Scotland)    

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

1977        Odakyu Department Store (Tokyo)

1978        Gallery Third Floor (Kyoto)

1979        Hankyu Department Store (Osaka)

1980        Asahi Gallery (Kyoto)

1982        Gallery Nakamura (Kyoto)

1986        Competition of International Ceramic Art in Faenza (Italy)

               Hetjens Museum (Germany)

               Solo museum exhibitions in Belgium and Switzerland  

1987        Maghi Bettini Gallery (Netherlands)

                Museum voor Sierkunst en Industrile (Ghent, Belgium)

                Maya Behn Gallery (Switzerland)

                Musée des Art Decoratifs de la Ville de Lausanne (Switzerland)

                Aoyama Green Gallery (Tokyo)

1988        Seibu Takanawakai (Tokyo)

1991        Aoyama Green Gallery (Tokyo)

               Takanawa Art Saloon (Tokyo)

1992        Gallery Yuri (Fukuoka)

1993        Kocyuukyo (Tokyo)

1995        Aoyama Green Gallery (Tokyo)

1996        Tennmaya (Hiroshima)

1997        Kocyuukyo (Tokyo)

1998        Takanawa Art Saloon (Tokyo)

                Contemporary Ceramic Art, Kandori (Tokyo)

2000        Mitsukoshi (Tokyo)

2001        Gallery Dojima (Osaka)

2002        Garth Clark Gallery (New York, USA)

2003        The Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese art at the Clark Center (USA)

2005        Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza (Italy)

 

Selected Prizes and Awards:

1969        Prize, Kansai Art Exhibition

1972        Prize, Kansai Art Exhibition

1974        Prize, Kyoto Prefecture Arts and Crafts Exhibition Prize, Kansai Art Exhibition (invited artist thereafter)

1975        Prize, Kyoto Prefecture Arts and Crafts Exhibition

1976        Prize, Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition

1977        Mayor’s prize, Kyoto Art Exhibition

1978        Grand Prize, Kyoto Prefecture Arts and Crafts Exhibition

                 Kyoto Newspaper Prize, Kyoto Art Exhibition

1979        Member’s Prize, 1st.Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition

                Mayor’s prize, Kyoto Art Exhibition (invited artist thereafter)

1980        Newcomer Prize, Kyoto Prefecture Arts and Crafts Exhibition

1981        Best Newcomer Artist Prize in Kyoto 

1982        Grand Prize, Chunichi International Ceramic Arts Exhibition

1983        Aichi Governor’s Prize, Chunichi International Ceramic Arts Exhibition

                  Purchase Prize, Kyoto Arts and Crafts Exhibition

1984        Special Prize, Nitten

                 Second Prize, Chunichi International Ceramic Arts Exhibition

                 Prize, Kyoto Artists’ Association Exhibition

1985         Grand Prize, Chunichi International Ceramic Arts Exhibition

                 Grand Prize, 44th.Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica d’Arte (Faenza, Italy)

                 Prize, Asahi Ceramic Exhibition 

                 Sankei Newspaper Prize, The Contemporary Arts And Crafts of Japan     (The Hakone Open-air Museum)

1986        Bronze Prize, 1st. International Ceramics Competition ’86 Mino (Gifu)

1987        Titograd Prize, World Triennale Exhibition of Small Ceramics                 (Yugoslavia)

1992        Prize, Japan Ceramics Association Prize, M.O.A. Okada Mokichi prize

1995        Prize, The Kyoto Art and Culture Awards

1996        Prize, Mainichi Art Awards

1997        Prize, The Kyoto Prefecture Culture Prize, Merits Prize