Tatsuya Matsumoto

  • Lacquerware
  • 1961 -
Tatsuya Matsumoto

Producing lacquer art using urushi lacquer carving techniques. Urushi carving is a technique that takes much time and effort. Color lacquer is applied a few dozen times. The process of applying lacquer and polishing is repeated. A carving knife specially made for urushi carving is used to carve the patterns on the surface where the layers of color urushi lacquer are applied. He uses realistic patterns such as plants and flowers, abstract, geometric patterns, saihi carvings (slanting the knife when carving to show the different colored layers) and swirling patterns for his designs.

Membership Full member, Japan Kogei Association
Auditor of the Japan Kōgei Association
Vice Secretary General of the Japan Kōgei Association East Japan Branch
Part-time Lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts
  • 1961 Born in Zentsuji City, Kagawa Prefecture
  • 1985 Completed research student course and researcher course at Kagawa Urushi Lacquerware Institute
  • 1986 Studied under Living National Treasure Kodo Otomaru and Jun Otomaru (apprentice for 4 years)
  • 1992 "Choshitsu (Carved Lacquer) Today" at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Crafts Gallery
  • 1997 Tatsuya Matsumoto Carved Lacquer Exhibition at Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store
  • 2000 Japanese Contemporary Urushi Art Exhibition (Netherlands)
  • 2001 Kodo Otomaru School Exhibition at Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store
  • 2005 Invited to submit to the 23rd Asahi Modern Craft Exhibition
  • 2006 Took part in the cooperative program for the conservation of Japanese art objects overseas (lacquer art) by the Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties
    Dispatched to Cologne, Germany as a specialist for 5 years
  • 2010 "Expressions of 3 Artists in Lacquer Art" at Ginza Wako Hall
  • 2013 Dedicated sacred treasure "Lacquer Art with Hyōmon (Metal Sheet Inlay) and Hairline Engravings" to the 62nd Ise Jingu Shikinen Sengu
    "From Crafts to Kōgei In Commemoration of the 60th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition" at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Crafts Gallery
  • 2014 Carved Lacquer Techniques and Tatsuya Matsumoto Exhibition at the Daibi Art Fair, Osaka Art Club
    The 19th Mokichi Okada Award Exhibition at the MOA Museum of Art
  • 2018 "Letter Box with Green Flower Design in Urushi Carving" purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)
  • 2020 Kōgei 2020 - The Art of Crafting Beauty from Nature at the Tokyo National Museum
  • Currently working on restoration of lacquer art cultural assets

  • 1991Received the Mitsukoshi Award at the 31st Traditional Kōgei New Works Exhibition (artwork purchased by the Imperial Household Agency)
  • 1993Received the Japan Kōgei Association Award at the 33rd Traditional Kōgei New Works Exhibition
  • 1996Received the Japan Kōgei Association Award at the 36th Traditional Kōgei New Works Exhibition
  • 2002Received the Asahi Shimbun Award at the 19th Lacquerware Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2003Received the 50th Anniversary Award at the 50th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2006Received the Japan Kōgei Association Award at the 22nd Lacquerware Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2010Received the Asahi Shimbun Award at the Japan Kōgei Association East Japan Branch 50th Anniversary "Art Crafts in the 21st Century" Exhibition at the MOA Museumof Art
  • 2020Received the MEXT Award at the 37th Lacquerware Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2023Received the Japan Kōgei Association President Award at the 70th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

  • National Crafts Museum
  • University of Toyama
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)

Price Range

$ 3,000 - 31,000

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