Yasuhiro Asai

  • Lacquerware
  • 1983 -
Yasuhiro Asai

Using mainly togidashi makie* as well as taka makie**, raden (mother-of-pearl work) and other various material and techniques. He follows the traditional techniques of makie, but at the same time tries to add some modernness in the designs to pass down his artwork on to future generations.

*Togidashi makie: applying lacquer on the makie (patterns drawn with lacquer, covered with makie powder, and lacquered again) and polishing the pattern drawn parts after the lacquer is dried.
**Taka makie: raising the patterns to give it a three dimensional look.

Membership Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 1983 Born in Tottori Prefecture
  • 2005 Graduated from Takaoka National College, Lacquerware Course
    Studied under Kazumi Murose
  • 2015 Nicolai Bergmann x Traditional Kōgei "Dento Kaden" at the Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo
    ”Urushi no Mirai (The Future of Urushi)" Exhibition at Takahashi Setsuro Art Museum of Azumino
  • 2018 Ambiente 2018 in Germany, Kyoto Zuihodo booth
    CRAFT SAKE WEEK "Shukiya"
    "Lacquer Art Today 2018" Exhibition at Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store
    ART EXPO MALAYSIA 2018 Gallery in Malaysia, Hanakagesho booth
    URUSHI Tradition and Innovation
  • 2019 "Our Collections! - Art Collection of Tottori, Up to Now and From Now On-" at Tottori Prefectural Museum
    "Bi no Yokan 2019 ― ∞ directions" at Takashimaya
    "Development of Modern Crafts 2019" at Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum, Ishikawa
  • 2021 Christie's New York "Japanese and Korean Art"
    "Shikkai ― Successors in the Air Era" at Takashimaya

  • 2002Received the "Lacquering Incentive Award" from the Japan Urushi Association
  • 2004Received the "Yokoyama Award" at Takaoka National College
  • 2005Received the Incentive Award at the Tottori Prefectural Art Exhibition
  • 2007Received the Incentive Award at the Tottori Prefectural Art Exhibition
  • 2008Received the Incentive Award at the Tottori Prefectural Art Exhibition
    Received the Prefecture Governor Award at the 51st Chūgoku Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2012Received the Incentive Award at the 55th Chūgoku Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
    Received the New Artist Award at the 59th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2015Received the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Award at the 32nd Lacquerware Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2017Received the Incentive Award at the 57th East Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 2018Received the Energia Art Award from the Energia Culture and Sports Foundation
  • 2021Received the Kyoto Shimbun Award at the 50th Kinki Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

Price Range

$ 10,000 - 66,000

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33 artworks posted