Kenji Komatsubara

  • Lacquerware
  • 1943 -
Kenji Komatsubara

Expressing the world of nature right close to us using one of the most gorgeous lacquerware techniques, hyomon, and eggshell inlays with makie.

Membership Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 1943 Born in Tsurajima, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture
  • 1981 Selected for the Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition for the first time (selected 18 times in total)
  • 1982 Established the Lacquerware "Garyukai" and becomes president
    Exhibition at Okayama Takashimaya (7 times in total)
  • 1986 Becomes Lacquerware Lecturer at the Sanyo Shimbun Culture Plaza
  • 1991 Becomes Full Member of the Japan Kōgei Association
  • 1995 Selected for the Lacquerware Traditional Kōgei Exhibition for the first time (selected 27 times in total)
  • 2004 Becomes Head of the Japan Kōgei Association Chūgoku Branch Lacquerware Department
  • 2006 Judge at the Chūgoku Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2008 Becomes Executive Director of the Japan Kōgei Association Chūgoku Branch
  • 2014 DVD "Hyomon - Kenji Komatsubara" made by the Okayama City Museum
    (Received the Excellence Award at the 13th National Board of Regional Visual Industry Associations Grand Prix)
  • 2016 Donated 71 pieces of artwork to the Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art
  • 2017 Published collection of works for his 50 years in lacquer art "Yushitu"
    Exhibition of artwork donated to the Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art at the museum for one month
    Published pictorial record "Kenji Komatsubara's Techniques"
    Received the Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon and Wooden Cup
    Donated 4 pieces of artwork to the Kurashiki City Art Museum
  • 2018 Received the Sanyo Shimbun Award (Cultural Achievement Award)
    Received the Okayama Prefecture Cultural Award
    Donated 8 pieces of artwork to Niimi Museum of Art

  • 1989Received the Chūgoku Branch Manager Award at the Chūgoku Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 1991Received the Tottori Governor Award at the Chūgoku Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2000Received the Sanyo Shimbun Award at the Chūgoku Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2017Received the Okayama Governor Award at the Chūgoku Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2019Received the Sanyo Shimbun Award at the Chūgoku Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

  • Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art (71 items)
  • Kurashiki City Art Museum (4 items)
  • Niimi Museum of Art (8 items)
6 artworks posted