Introduction of Artist
SASAKI create artworks using traditional Japanese lacquer called "urushi." His pieces mainly utilize a technique called "Kawari-nuri*", which make artpieces look like leather, wood, or metal at first glnace, even though all of them are crafted using traditional lacquer technique. Many of his works focus on the theme of "invisible world", aiming to visualize it by playing with human perceptions and illusions.
*A general term for techniques that take full advantage of the special characteristics of lacquer. It encompasses various techniques, such as repeatedly applying and polishing multiple coats of colored lacquer or utilizing the adhesive strength of lacquer.
Reference: KOUGEI STANDARD - JAPANESE CRAFTS ONLINE MEDIA: https://www.kogeistandard.com/resource/kawarinuri/
Japanese craftsmanship has been honed over a long history. What makes it unquie and attarctive is the amount of dedication and attention Japanese craftmen put into hidden details. Think about old Japanese buildings—they hold tons of secrets and clever tricks that you wouldn't notice just by looking at them from the outside. Even the tools and sometimes the materials used by craftsmen contribute to this. It's been this commitment to passing down skills at such high levels that's made it a standout part of Japanese culture.
But, looking back in history, some of these skills were born from times of conflict. Still, they've ended up being a important aspect in how our culture has grown. What really matters, though, is passing down this high level of skill alongside scincerity and a rich spirit to keep it growing. As a craft creator in Japan, I'll keep working hard to understand and share the real charm of Japanese culture.
- Born in Akita Prefecture, Japan
- Completed graduate studies in Lacquer Arts at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, with the completion piece now held in the university art museum.
Currently employed as a Technical Instructor in the Department of URUSHI,Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
- Gakuto Sasaki Lacquer Art Exhibition "Deja vu" (Mitsukoshi, Nihonbashi)
- Gakuto Sasaki Lacquer Art Exhibition "Shining at Dawn" (Takashimaya S.C., Nihonbashi)
Major Group Exhibitions:
- MITSUKOSHI × Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Mitsukoshi, Nihonbashi); Participated in 2014 and 2020.Additionally, has exhibited in numerous domestic and international art exhibitions.