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Rhino Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Art by Someya Satoshi

Documentation Ample Provenance
Documentation Notes purchasing receipt etc
Origin Japan
Period 2000-2018
Materials Lacquer, wood, found objects
Dimensions
W. 24 in; H. 22 in; D. 9 in;
W. 60.96 cm; H. 55.88 cm; D. 22.86 cm;
Condition Good. Fine condition
Creation Date 2008
Description Japanese Lacquer Rhino Sculpture by Someya Satoshi (1983-). A hand-molded lacquer sculpture that depicts a fantasy beast "Rhino". The artist uses century-old traditional techniques and symbols but with an innovative contemporary energy that borders mysticism, shamanism and surrealism. Found objects were equally treated as part of the meticulous designs as the elaborate Maki-e and shell inlays.
According to the press of Honolulu Museum of Art: "Someya Satoshi has been described as “one of the most significant contemporary lacquer artists working in Japan today.” (Japan Times, 12 Dec. 2013) His work combines objects of daily use, such as bathing buckets, serving trays, and soup bowls, with a wide array of natural materials, including animal bones, horns and antlers, sand, stones, leaves and branches. In the process, he implements a range of traditional lacquer methods passed down from pre-modern eras, such as the kanshitsu or “dry lacquer” technique, the origins of which date to Japan’s Nara period (710–784). After creating his forms, he embellishes them with designs inspired by calligraphy, traditional Japanese textile patterns, and even contemporary manga or comic books. His work defies ordinary definitions of lacquer art and successfully challenges the perceived limits of this extremely difficult and, in some ways, most conservative of traditional Japanese art forms".
His work was exhibited in US such as Honolulu Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Morikami Museum etc. For a complete resume of the artist see the artist's page at Imura Art Gallery Kyoto.
Reference: For a very similar Bull Sculpture see Hard Bodies Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture by Andreas Marks (exhibition catalog of Minneapolis Institute of Art) Page 123.
Provenance: Purchased in 2008 at SOFA Chicago from Keiko Gallery.
Styles / Movements Asian, Contemporary, Modern
Incollect Reference Number 331269
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