miwa ryosaku 三輪龍作(1940- )
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Another artist, MIWA Ryosaku三輪龍作 (1940- ), brings a very modern eye to the tradition of Hagi-ware. The twelfth member of his family to hold the title `Kyusetsu休雪,’ the artist closely observed his father and uncle create Hagi pottery from a young age, quickly becoming familiar with the style’s distinctive materials and techniques. While Miwa uses the characteristic white tones of traditional Hagi glaze, which has been in use for twelve generations, he departs from tradition in both form and function. The artist renders spontaneous personal feeling in clay, exposing human passion and emotion not unlike the masters of Western modernity. Miwa studied Goya, Van Gogh, and Soutine as a student in Tokyo, and admired the powerful expressionism of Modernist painting.
1940 Born in Hagi, Yamaguchi
Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art
Hagi Uragami Museum
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art
Takamatsu Museum of Art
Shimonoseki City Art Museum
The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
Treasury of Kurozumi
Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza
Everson Museum of Art
1967 MFA: Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Dept. of Ceramics.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
1968 Ryosaku Miwa: Graceful Desire, Ichibannkan Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo.
1970 Ryosaku Miwa: Liquid of Love, Ichibannkan Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo.
1972 Lui Gallery, Kokura.
1977 Amour, Aoki Gallery, Ginza.
1978 Humans: A Series, Aoki Gallery, Ginza.
1980 Hara Gallery, Shimodate.
1981 First Flowering, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo.
1983 Shufu, Seibui Takanawakai, Tokyo.
1984 White Peaks, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo.
1985 Etudes of Youth, Gallery Saito-an, Hagi. Essay Anthology “Flames, Myself
and the Lip” published by Kyuryudo.
1986 Objets, Keio Department Store.
The Heaven, the Earth and Human Beings, Keio Department Store, Kyoto Takashimaya.
1988 Liquid of Love II, Gallery Saito-an, Hagi.
Himiko, Takashimaya in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.
1990 The Mountain of Himiko, Keio Department Store.
1991 The Scripture of Himiko, Yurakucho Seibu, Tokyo.
Ceramic and Script, Okazaki Gallery, Tokyo.
1992 The One, Saito-an, Hagi
A Sequel to the Scripture of Himiko, Yurakucho Seibu.
1993 For Flowers, Keio Department Store.
1994 Ceramic Art of Eros and Death, Shimonoseki City Art Museum.
Himiko Series, Ohga-do, Kyoto.
1995 Black Pottery, the Cavalier’s Repose, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department
1996 The World of Ryosaku Miwa, Tenmaya, Okayama.
Tea Room, the Aesthetics of Ryosaku Miwa, Hagi Uragami Memorial Museum, Hagi.
1997 Phoenix, Takashimaya, Gifu.
1998 Riding on a Stork, Daimaru Department Store, Fukuoka.
The Tender Sea, Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum.
1999 Hagi Tea Ceremony Ceramics, Shinjyuku Keio, Tokyo.
2000 Dragon Chi Teabowls, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi.
2001 Incense Burner of the New Century, Shinjyuku Keio.
Mariya, Fujii Gallery, Tokyo.
2002 Dragon Call, Taigado, Kyoto.
Flower Vases – Dosing, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi.
Takanawa Prince Hotel.
2003 Gold Silk Road Teabowls in commemoration of taking his Kyusetsu 12th title, Takashimaya in Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo. Essays “Tender Sea” Published by Kodansha.
2004 Matsuzakaya Department Store.
2005 Aurora Teabowls, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi.
2006 The Way to Become Kyusetsu, Traveled to Tenmaya, Yonago, Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Okayama, Takamatsu.
Vessel of Love, Daimaru, Fukuoka.
2007 Resent Works, Toyama Yamato.
Retrospective of Ryusaku Miwa, San Tung Museum, China.
2008 Trace of Creation, Shinjuku Keio Department Store, Tokyo.
Selected Group Exhibitions
1967 First major artistic work entitled “High Heel”” was introduced at group
exhibition in the university.
1970 Japanese Ceramics: An invitational Exhibition, Scripps
University, Los Angeles, CA.
Contemporary Ceramics – Europe and Japan Exhibition, The
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.
1971 Contemporary Ceramics – America, Canada and Japan
Exhibition, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.
1973 Japanese Ceramics Exhibition organized by Mainichi Shinbun-sha(Newspaper Company), traveled to central and south Americas.
1976 Contemporary Japanese Ceramics Exhibition traveled to New
Zealand and Australia.
1979 People from an Ancient Time included in the exhibition the Contemporary Japanese Sculpture Exhibition, Ube.
1982 Contemporary Ceramics – Traditional and Avant Garde Exhibition, Suntory Museum
of Art, Osaka.
1983 Today Japanese Ceramics Exhibition, Washington DC and London.
Contemporary Japanese Arts Exhibition, Geneva.
1986 Contemporary Ceramics, Tottori Prefectural Museum.
1990 “Primitivism” in the Contemporary Ceramics, Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art,
the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
Contemporary Ceramics, Tottori Prefectural Museum.
1991 The International Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramics, Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki.
1992 58 Contemporary Ceramic Artists in Japan, Espace des Arts Mitsukoshi Etoile.
The Contemporary Japanese Ceramic Exhibition, Everson Museum of Art, New York.
1993 Contemporary Ceramics 1950-1990, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art.
1996 Tradition and Innovation of Miwa Kiln, Matsuzakaya Museum, Nagoya.
1999 Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Current of the Avant Garde 100 Years, Museum Van Bommel Van Dam, the Netherlands.
2001 International Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition 2001, Korea.
2006 The Quintessence of Modern Japanese Ceramics, Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Japan.
1977 The Faenza International Ceramics, Italy.
1989 Japanese Ceramics Association, Japan.
1994 Selective encouragement award by Yamaguchi Prefecture.