Genta Ishizuka, is one of the best talented japanese lacquer artist. He is one of the talented finalists in this year’s edition of Loewe Craft Prize.
This master artisan was born in 1982, in Kyoto, in Japan, and he is a japanese artist renowed for his masterpieces of the finest quality. He studied and he completed his MFA at Kyoto City University of Art Slater . He is one of the Best Young Artist Award by City of Kyoto with an exhibition in the ArtCourt Gallery, one of the most important Kyoto’s Art Gallery.
He is an emerging artist working, in a two and tri dimensional way, through his own methodology on the basis of traditional Urushi, a Japanese decorative technique, Dry Lacquer, and a method of forming a sculptural figure like papier-mâché.
Ishizuka elevates this humble form through his expert use of lacquer. He explores the inseparable and fundamental relationship between the existences of the things and the imaterial perception that emerges gloss. His process is totaly handmade and in it´s application he can applied several layers of pure, clear or colour pigmented Urushi. Gold foil is also used and it is applicated at the final step as an adhesive.
In “Membrane” collection the artist was inspired by the sculptural technique used in 7th to 8th Century Japan for creating Buddhist sculptures. This collection came from a world that is connected to both to the production method that utilizes elastic cloth, as well as applying the Urushi lacquering that covers the entire sculpture.
The allure of the gloss of his material creates an immediately sensual attraction that is contemporary in its appeal, althought the ancient urushi lacquer technique. The Ishizukacollections’ are presented in some galleries and museums such as Vitoria and Albert Museum in London, UK.
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