Keiji Onihira

Box with design in makie. “Morning glow”

  • Lacquerware
  • Presented in 2017
  • H 17.4 x W 25.9 x D 14.4 cm
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Maki-e box "Gyoko" expresses the sky and sea lit by the light of dawn.
I thought of making this piece when I went to the seashore of Noto, the town next to Wajima where I live, and was amazed by the beautiful contrast of the light of dawn and the horizon early in the morning.

On the top of the box, I designed several reddish gold clouds lit by the morning sun, and expressed the silhouette of the sun peeking through the clouds with red and pink raden.
The skies painted by the morning sun to a slightly rosy color and the thin clouds floating in the sky are designed on the side of the box. The horizon is made with white raden, and gold and raden is used to express the shimmering sea and waves.

Inside the box, plovers and waves are designed to express the sea in heaven.

I receive many comments from people that see my work. I am grateful to see people interpret and feel things in their own way and look forward to sharing thoughts with those that appreciate my work.

Exhibited at The 64th Japan Traditional Kogei Exhibition in 2017

Category Lacquerware
Year Presented 2017
Dimensions H 17.4 x W 25.9 x D 14.4 cm
Materials gold, gold-copper alloy, south sea abalone shells (known as tamamushi (jewel beetle) shells), pearl oyster, pigments
Exhibition The 64 th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
Artist Signature Signature on box and piece
Notes Comes with box

Keiji Onihira

photo Keiji Onihira

I create my artwork with lacquer, gold, powder, mother-of-pearl, using various makie techniques. Many new types of lacquer and pigments are being developed these days. I try to use these new materials and techniques within the traditional artwork, as I believe this will create a new tradition. With traditional lacquerware at the base, I want to try various motifs and themes to produce artwork that create a special little world or atmosphere.