BIO/CV

b. 1944, Osaka City, Japan

Mitsuko was born in Osaka in 1944, the second daughter of the fifth generation lacquer artist Kawabata Kinsa. In 1970 Mitsuko married Tanabe Chikuunsai III. After their marriage she became attracted to bamboo art and began studying with her father-in-law and husband. Within a few years, she was exhibiting her artwork at the family shows.

In1988 she won the Osaka Governor’s Award at the Sakai City Art Exhibition andstarted her professional career as a bamboo artist. She has won many prizesincluded the Chairman of Kyoto Chamber of Commerce Prize at the Japan ModernCraft Art Exhibition in 2002.

Mitsuko creates bamboo sculptures inspired by techniques inherited from the Chikuunsai lineage and her brother-in-law Tanabe Yota’s sculptural sensibility.She has exhibited in the Nitten and Japan Modern Craft Art Exhibitions, and has actively shown her artwork overseas, including exhibitions in the U.S., New Zealand, and Korea.

 

Education

1965, Learned bamboo art from Tanabe Chikuunsai II and Tanabe Chikuunsai III

 

Exhibitions & Accolades

1988, Winner, Osaka Governor’s Award / Sakai Art Exhibition

1989, Osaka Craft Exhibition,Kintetu Gallery,Osaka, Japan

1990, All Kansai Area Exhibition, Osaka Art Museum, Osaka, Japan

1992, Winner, The Rotary Award/ Sakai Art Exhibition

1993, Asahi Modern Craft Exhibition

1993, Winner, Chamber of Commerce Award / Sakai Art Exhibition

1993, Family Exhibition /Toyonaka Gallery, Osaka, Japan

1995, Winner, Sakai Artist Association Award / Sakai Art Exhibition

1997, Japanese Modern Craft Exhibition, Tokyo Art Museum

1997, Nitten Exhibition / Tokyo Art Museum, Tokyo Japan

1998, Japanese Modern Craft Exhibition, Tokyo Art Museum

1998, Winner, KBS Kyoto Award/ Japanese Modern Craft Exhibition, Kinki area

1999, Sensyuu Artist Exhibition / Sennan Center, Osaka, Japan

1999, Japanese Modern Craft Association Exhibition,

1999, Osaka Commerce and Industry Center, Osaka, Japan

2000, Family Exhibition /Cortland Jessup Gallery, Boston, MA

2000, Winner, Osaka Craft Association Encouragement Prize / Osaka Craft Exhibition

2000, Japanese Modern Craft Association Exhibition, Tokyo Art Museum

2002, Bridge Exhibition /Cortland Jessup Gallery, New York City

2002, Winner, Chamber of Commerce Award / Japanese Modern Craft Exhibition, Kinki area

2002, Inochi Exhibition /Osaka Modern Art Center, Osaka, Japan

2002, Osaka Craft Exhibition Kintetu Gallery, Osaka, Japan

2002, All Kansai Area Exhibition Osaka Art Museum, Osaka, Japan

2002, Japanese Modern Craft Association Exhibition, Tokyo Art Museum

2003, Bridge Exhibition /Irohani Gallery, Osaka, Japan

2003, Japan-Holland Cultural Exhibition / Laikus National Museum Leiden University, Holland

2004, Bridge Exhibition /Wellington, New Zealand

2004, Bridge Exhibition /Sakai-Wellington / Sakai Art Center, Osaka, Japan

2006, Bridge Exhibition /Sakai-Wellington / Sakai Art Center, Osaka, Japan

2006, Solo Exhibition /Irohani Gallery, Osaka, Japan

2006, The Tanabe Family: Four Generations of Bamboo Artists, The Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute, Hanford, CA

2007, The International Asian Art Fair, New York City

2008, The Tanabe Lineage: Four Generations show at TAI Gallery, Santa Fe

2008, New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters, The Japan Society, NewYork City

2009, Many Shapes of Bamboo III, Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita Japan

2010, A Different Sensitivity: Women in Bamboo Art, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe

2010, SOFA Chicago

2010, Art Miami

2011, SOFA New York

2011, Art Chicago

2011, Art Antiques London

2011, SOFA West

2011, Dallas Art Fair

2011, Houston Fine Art Fair

2011, SOFA West: Santa Fe, New Mexico

2011, International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show, New York City

2011, SOFA Chicago

2012, SOFA New York

2017, Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art, TAI Modern at Joan B Mirviss LTD, New York, NY

  • Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art

  • Japanese Bamboo and the World Expo: A Century of Discovery

  • A Different Sensitivity: Women in Bamboo Art