Tendai uyaku (天台烏薬 Tendai uyaku plant), 2014; lacquer with maki-e and mother-of- pearl inlay; h.2 1/4 x dia. 3 3/8 in. (5.6 x 8.6 cm)


Yugao maki-e hiranatsume (夕顔蒔絵平棗 Bottle gourd tea caddy), 2014, lacquer, h. 2 1/4 x dia. 3 3/8 in. (5.6 x 8.6 cm)

Murose Kazumi (b. 1950)

Living National Treasure (2008)

Born to established and esteemed urushi (lacquer) artist Murose Shunji (1911-1989), the young Murose became aware from an early age of the need to bridge two worlds: that of tradition and that of forced adaptation to a Westernized lifestyle. Murose learned urushi in earnest at the Tokyo University of the Arts, and studied under the urushi master and Living National Treasure Matsuda Gonroku (1896-1986). Gonroku’s principle student, Taguchi Yoshikuni (1923-1998), was also Murose’s mentor. Under their tutelage, Murose learned as a craftsman about the rich history and techniques of urushi.

As an artist, he followed the artistic spirit of Matsuda Gonroku, and especially of Taguchi, to refine and develop his own working styles. His works are deeply rooted in tradition while his designs explore new ways of expressing the beauty of urushi that speaks to the modern world. Apart from his creative works, he devotes his time in Japan as well as abroad to the restoration of cultural assets. In 2008, he received the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan.

Murose Kazumi (b. 1950) Exhibits

Select Exhibitions:

Asia Week, New York, US
Engendering Beauty, Preserving Techniques: Artworks by Living National Treasures, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, Japan
URUSHI: Masterpieces of Lacquerware by Kazumi Murose, Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon, US
From Crafts to Kōgei: In Commemoration of the 60th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida, US
Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan, British Museum, London, UK

Select Public Collections:

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, Japan; Jingū Museum of Fine Arts, Ise, Mie, Japan; Narukawa Art Museum, Hakone, Kanagawa, Japan; Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan; Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan; Atsuta Shrine, Aichi, Japan