Nagakura Kenichi

BIO/CV

1952-2018, Shizuoka City, Japan

Education
  • 1975

    Studied under his grandfather


Exhibitions & Accolades
  • 1982

    Solo exhibition, Gallery Takei, Numazu

  • 1985

    Solo exhibition, Shin-Gifu Department Store

  • 1986

    Solo exhibition, Gallery Takei, Numazu and at Shizuoka Gas Salon

  • 1988

    Solo exhibition, Sapoa People, Tokyo and MOA Gallery, Nagoya

  • 1990

    Solo exhibition, Umeda Hankyu Department Store, Osaka
    Solo exhibition, Gallery Kouki, Paris

  • 1991

    Solo exhibition, La Richipel Surle, Bourgogne
    Solo exhibition, Gallery Kukan, Shizuoka and at Shoumeido Hall, Tokyo

  • 1992

    Solo exhibition, Gallery Space Ten, Tokyo
    Group exhibition, Gallery Yummy, Hamamatsu and at Studio Com, Kyoto

  • 1993

    Solo exhibition, Shoumeido Hall, Gallery F and Gifu Gallery, Space Ten, Tokyo
    Solo exhibition, Hokushin Gallery, Tokyo

  • 1994

    Solo exhibition, Studio Com, Kyoto and at Gallery Kukan, Shizuoka
    Solo exhibition, Matsuya Department Store, Tokyo

  • 1995

    Solo exhibitions, Akasaka Yu Gallery, Tokyo and Fujii and at Numazu and Shin-Gifu Department Stores

  • 1996

    Solo exhibitions, Isetan, Shizuoka and Kanazawa Department Stores
    Two person exhibition, Ishigami-no-Oka Open Air Museum, Iwate

  • 1997

    Solo exhibition, Gallery Kasumi and at Axis Sapoa People, Tokyo
    Exhibition, German Culture Center, Tokyo

  • 1998

    Solo exhibitions, Kura Gallery, Gifu and at Axis Sapoa People, Tokyo
    Group Exhibition, Kodaira Shomei Hall, Tokyo

  • 1999

    Solo exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2000

    Bamboo Masterworks, Asia Society, New York, NY

  • 2001

    Winner, Cotsen Bamboo Prize 2000
    Bamboo Masterworks, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
    Solo exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
    2001, Bamboo Masterworks, Honolulu Academy of Art, Hawaii
    2001, Bamboo Fantasies, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • 2002

    The Next Generation, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR
    Group Exhibition, Tigerman Himmel Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 2003

    Three Views of Bamboo: Fujinuma, Nagakura, Shono, Kansas City Jewish Museum, Overland Park, KS
    Solo Exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2004

    Group Exhibition, Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VA

  • 2005

    Solo Exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
    Exhibited at the Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

  • 2006

    Power & Delicacy, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
    Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Grinnell College, IA and the Chicago Cultural Center, IL
    Group Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
    Collaboration with Daniel Ost at Nocturne, Brussels

  • 2007

    Solo Exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
    Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
    Arts of Pacific Asia Show, San Francisco, CA
    Listening to Bamboo: Japanese Baskets from the Collection of Ritalou & Robert Harris, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • 2008

    Arts of Pacific Asia Show, San Francisco, CA
    New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters, Japan Society, New York, NY

  • 2009

    Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection, The New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
    New Bamboo, Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture, Hanford, CA
    Solo Exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
    Form Follows Function or Does It?, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR
    Listening to Bamboo, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca NY

  • 2010

    Intertwined Bamboo and Stem, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Los Angeles, CA
    Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

  • 2011

    Solo Exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2012

    Solo Exhibition, Nagakura Kenichi: Fluid Duality, Denver Botanic Gardens, CO

  • 2013

    Birds in the Art of Japan, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
    Solo Show, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2017

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


Museum Collections
  • Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, Abbey Collection, New York, NY
    Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
    Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC
    F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


ARTIST STATEMENT

For me, bamboo is what pigment is for a painter or stone is for a sculptor. Discovering their true medium is a profound pleasure for an artist. When the sensitivities of both artist and the material are in sync, the medium becomes the voice, flesh, and heart of the artist.

Working with bamboo, I become both author and audience. The resulting creation stands between two worlds – visible and invisible. I hope that it resonates with an eternal spirit and stirs the soul.

My relationship with bamboo will continue throughout my life.

Sometimes like a ridge of sand
Sometimes like water running over the surface of a rock
Sometimes scenes of swirling winds
Sometimes a piece of fallen leaf, quietly lying on the ground

For me, inspiration comes from the workings of nature, both large and small, near and distant. My desire is to share with other human beings the silent voice of nature.

  • Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art

  • Nagakura Kenichi (2007)

  • Nagakura Kenichi (2013)

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

  • Nagakura Kenichi (2009)

  • Nagakura Kenichi (2011)

  • Nagakura Kenichi (2016)