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Natsuki KURIMOTO 栗本夏樹 graduated in 1985 from the Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan, and obtained his Master's Degree in 1987. KURIMOTO started his artistic life early in 1984 when he had his first solo exhibition of lacquer works in Kyoto at the prestigious Suzuki Gallery. He is at present a professor at Kyoto City University of Arts. 


KURIMOTO enjoys experimenting with different materials, such as wooden and metallic structures, paper, and even cardboard. This unique collection of vessels is his experiment of lacquer and paper. Active in the art scene, KURIMOTO has also been creating big installations for hotels and public spaces.  His works are usually bright, and the colours themselves contrast to sharp glossed black lacquer driven all across the material's surface.

Trapezoid-shaped Lacquer Cup by Natsuki KURIMOTO

  • The oldest lacquerware discovered dates back to the Warring States period (403-221 B.C.). the craft has been transferred to Japan, Korea, and other parts of Southeast Asia. The value of a piece of lacquerware only begins with the materials used to make it. A high quality piece of lacquerware requires the skills of several different elements: lacquer, layers, core materials, decoration, colours, design and process.

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