Morigami Jin

BIO/CV

b. 1955, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture, Japan

Education
  • 1978

    Graduated Tsurumi High School in Oita Prefecture


Exhibitions & Accolades
  • 1978

    Entered Oita Prefecture Beppu Industrial and Craft Institute as a long-term intern

  • 1979

    Winner,“Oita Prefecture Assembly Chairman’s Award,” Oita Prefecture Industrial Crafts Exhibition

  • 1982

    Winner,“Fukuoka Industrial Commerce Director’s Award,” Beppu City New Bamboo Craft Art Exhibition

  • 1983

    Winner,“Nitta Industry Craft Test Center Chief’s Award,” Oita Prefecture Living Design Exhibition
    Three Artists, La Poll
    Winner, “Fukuo Industrial Commerce Chief’s Award,” Beppu City New Bamboo Craft Art Exhibition

  • 1984

    Exhibited in Living Design Exhibition

  • 1985

    First Solo Exhibition, Gifu Takashimaya

  • 1988

    Admitted to Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition)

  • 1994

    Winner, “Kyoto Craft Art Award”

  • 2001

    Bamboo Fantasies, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2002

    The Next Generation, University of Arkansas, Little Rock

  • 2003

    Exhibited at Tigerman Himmel Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 2006

    Power & Delicacy: Master Works of Japanese Bamboo Art, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
    Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Grinnell College, IA and Chicago Cultural Center, IL
    Exhibited at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

  • 2007

    The Next Generation, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

  • 2008

    New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters, Japan Society, New York, NY

  • 2009

    Many Shapes of Bamboo III, Oita Prefectural Art Museum

  • 2010

    Many Shapes of Bamboo IV, Oita Prefectural Art Museum

  • 2011

    Many Shapes of Bamboo V, Oita Prefectural Art Museum
    Beauty in All Things: Japanese Art and Design, Museum of Art & Design, New York, NY

  • 2013

    Birds in the Art of Japan, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
    Oita’s Art Movement, in partnership with the Oita Prefectural Government, a museum-quality show, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
    Fired Earth, Woven Bamboo, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

  • 2014

    Bamboo weaving demonstration, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
    Group show, Japanese American Cultural Community Center, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2017

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

  • 2018

    Solo show, TAI Modern, Santa Fe, NM


Museum Collections
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
    Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
    Denver Art Museum, CO
    Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC
    Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Craft Art Museum
    Oita Prefecture Art Hall


ARTIST STATEMENT

It has been over 40 years since I started working with bamboo professionally. Bamboo was always around me as a child, as both my parents and grand-parents worked with it. I remember making my own bamboo toys and playing with them when I was young. Perhaps that fun experience of playing with bamboo led me to decide to become a professional bamboo artist. At age nineteen, while still assisting with my parents’ bamboo business, I entered the Oita Prefectural Bamboo Technical Training Center.

Since the beginning, I have been attracted to baskets with delicate beauty and fine craftsmanship. I worked at splitting bamboo as finely as I could and designed a number of flower baskets that were light and open. The type of baskets I made were quite different from the traditional bamboo baskets of Oita, which were very ornate and heavy. In my early twenties, I showed my art pieces at regional and national competitions and won several prizes to kick off my artistic career. The exhibition pieces did not sell in Japan, so I concentrated on making new designs for flower baskets that were suited for modern houses and apartments. Fortunately, these works sold very well at Japanese department stores for ten years or so.

In early 1998, Mr. Coffland, a founder and previous owner of TAI Gallery, came to visit me. He took my work to the US and placed it into the well-known bamboo art collection of Mr. Lloyd Cotsen. Ever since, I have created many art pieces and shown them through TAI Modern. I now make art pieces for the Western market and design contemporary flower baskets, which my assistants make, for the domestic Japanese market. In bamboo art, to materialize your vision you have to keep working with the medium for many years and acquire fine skills through experience. When I start a project, I have a rough idea in mind, but it really is a joint venture between the bamboo and myself. It could be a friendly partnership, or it could be a battle. Whichever the case may be, dialogue with the material and constant adjustments by the artist are essential to every part of the process. That is what makes bamboo art so interesting to me.

  • Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art

  • The Next Generation

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

  • Oita’s Art Movement

  • Oita’s Art Moment