城端蒔絵八角箱「曙光」

Jigoemon-style Hexagonal maki-e Box Python II, 2014; lacquer, h. 4 1/2 x w. 10 x d. 10 in. (11.5 x 25.1 x 25.1 cm)

 

城端蒔絵飾箱「曙光」

Jigoemon-style Rectanglar maki-e Box Python I, 2013; lacquer, h. 5 1/2 x w. 6 3/4 x d. 10 in. (13.9 x 16.7 x 25 cm)

 

Ohara Yoshitomo (b. 1979)

Ohara Yoshitomo is the 16th successor of Jigoemon, a name passed down since 1575 along with the traditional techniques of making Johana maki-e lacquer ware. Maki-e (‘sprinkled pictures’) is a Japanese decorating style in which gold and silver dust is sprinkled onto a pattern or drawing in lacquer. In general, just the colors vermillion, black, yellow, green, and brown are expressed through lacquer, however, in Johana maki-e, white was newly incorporated to produce naturalistic colors and gradations. In addition to creating his own art, Ohara works on the preservation and conservation of Johana maki-e objects.


Ohara Yoshitomo (b. 1979) Exhibits

Select Exhibitions:

2016
Asia Week, New York, US
2015
Japanese Kōgei, Baccarat Hotel and Residences, New York, US
The Best of Toyama: Kōgei Art and Design from Japan, Onishi Gallery, NY, US
2009
Cotemporary Kōgei Exhibition, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan