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matsuda yuriko

matsuda yuriko

matsuda yuriko 松田百合子(1943- )


In the tradition of American Pop Art, Matsuda Yuriko's whimsical works transform familiar, everyday objects into colorful flights of imagination. Here, the traditional materials of porcelain and enamel glaze have been transformed into a Warholian rendition of a woman's butt. Her use of familiar, even boring, items as subjects in her eccentric work has a transformative effect: though we know that this is a shoe, it is unlike any shoe we have ever experienced. This strange quality pulls the viewer into the piece, demanding further investigation. Matsuda finds inspiration in French artist Henri Matisse's use of vibrant, unnatural color in his paintings. Matsuda's work, however, remains deeply original in its essential zest for the things of everyday life.




Selected Public Collections:

Japan Foundation, Yamanashi Museum of Art,

Takamatsu city museum. 

The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park,

National Museum of History, Taiwan.

Denver Museum of Art (USA),

Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, 

Barcelona Ceramic Museum (Barcelona, Spain), 

Spencer Museum of Art (Kansas, U.S.A.), 

Yale University Art Gallery (Connecticut, U,S.A.),

Hawaii State Art Foundation

Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN U.S.A.)

Icheon World Ceramic Center  (Ichon, Korea)

Seattle Art Museum (WA U.S.A.)    


1943    Born in Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

1966     B.A. from the Kyoto City College of Fine Arts, Ceramic major

1989     Graduate studies, Kyoto City College of Fine Arts, Graduate degree


Selected Exhibitions:

1983     Japanese National Ceramics Exhibition (juried show), ('73,'79,'81)

1986     Kazuo Yagi-Award, Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition ('87,'88,'89)

1988     Asahi Contemporary Crafts Exhibition (invitational) ('92,2001)

1990     New Artist Award, Yamanashi Museum of Art.

1991     Gold Medal Award at the International Competition of Ceramic Art (juried show), Faenza, Italy.

1992     International Invitational contemporary Exhibition of Ceramic Art, Merit Award, Taipei, Taiwan

1993     Contemporary Ceramic Work Exhibition "UTSUWA", Saitama Prefecture Museum

1996     “New Expression in Porcelain: Developments in the 1990s”, The National Museum of Modern Art, Crafts Gallery, Tokyo

1996     Contemporary Ceramics by 4 Japanese women,  Japan Information and Culture Center, Washington DC, USA

1997     Fuji-Seoul(Horizontal and Vertical) A Vision of Eight Crafts- Japanese and Korean Artists, Seoul, Korea

1998     NHK "Calling on Ceramists"-Studio visits '98 Exhibition, Takashima-ya Department Store, Tokyo

2000     3&3 Barcelona-Japon, Barcelona, Spain

2001     World Ceramic Exposition 2001, KOREA (juried show) 

    The Invitational Exhibition of Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2001 (KOREA) 

2002     Hundred years in Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition, Gifu Prefecture Ceramic Museum, Gifu

2003     Participate in the exhibition - Mutsuo Yanagihara and Contemporary Ceramics: 14 Pioneers in Contemporary Ceramics

2006    Cool & Sophisticated Contemporary Masters: Ceramicists of Eastern Japan,

           Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Ibaraki.

           Contemporary Clay, Japan Society, New York.

2007    Soaring Voices – Contemporary Japanese Women Ceramic Artists, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga.

2008    Saint Sex Spirit – Tempting Craft, Takashimaya Shinjyuku, Tokyo

2009    Treasures for the Future, Traveling Exhibition at Takashimaya Nihonbashi, Osaka, Shinjyuku and Kyoto.

2010    Colors: The Intimate Relationship between Ceramics and Colors, Gifu Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Gifu

2012    Soaring Voices: Recent Ceramics by Women from Japan, City Arts Center, Oklahoma City, OK and Maui Arts and Cultural Center Kahului, HI