Keiji Onihira

Pheasant Family Makie Box "Reijitsu (Beautiful Day)"

  • Lacquerware
  • Presented in 2016
  • H 16.2 x W 25.0 x D 11.1 cm
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Japan's national bird is the pheasant.
"Reijitsu" means a beautiful, peaceful day.
I expressed the sunlight of a sunny day using raden and gold and silver makie on the vermilion base.
On the front side I painted the parents and on the back side, I painted the child.
I tried to express the importance of the act of families for all species, both animals and humans, in this piece.

Category Lacquerware
Year Presented 2016
Dimensions H 16.2 x W 25.0 x D 11.1 cm
Materials paulownia wood (cloth and lacquer applied to strengthen the base), gold, pearl oyster, pigments
Exhibition The 57th Traditional Kogei Exhibition of Ishikawa
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.