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Suzuki osamu

suzuki osamu

suzuki osamu 鈴木治(1926-2001)

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The importance of artist Suzuki Osamu and the Sodeisha group goes without saying here. We have shared with you Osamu’s gorgeously minimalist abstract horses, birds, and plants, and are thrilled to bring you this rare and unusual gem of a piece. This poetic work comes from the late 1970s, when Osamu was at the height of his career. The simple beauty and seamless integration of form and design on display here are the hallmarks of a mature and sensitive artist, and show us Osamu’s skill at its peak. 




Selected Public Collections:

Victoria and Albert Museum,

Musée Magnelli del la Céramique, Vallauris, France,

Musée national de Céramique, Sèvres, France,

Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, New York,

Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas,

Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY,

Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland,

Portland Art Museum, Portland, 

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 

Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo,

Musee Tomo, Tokyo,

National Museum of Art, Osaka,

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto,

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art

Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka


1926    Born in Kyoto

1943    Graduated from the Kyoto Second Industrial School

1946    Joined the Young Ceramists 

1948    Founding member of the Sōdeisha group

1949    Taught at the ceramic department of a Kyoto high school

           Worked for the Seven Colors Craft Company

1954    Stopped making functional ceramics 

1967    Began executing a series of highly abstract horses

1969    Moved to Kiyomizu Danchi

1993    Cultural Merits from City of Kyoto

1994     Arts and Culture Award

1998    30th Annual Crafts of Japan Award

1999     Asahi Award of Excellence

2001    Passed away