Fujinuma Noboru

BIO/CV
Education
  • 1976

    Apprenticed to Yagisawa Keizo


Exhibitions & Accolades
  • 1977

    Admitted to the Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Eastern Division (thereafter admitted 24 times)
    Admitted to the Musashino Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition (thereafter admitted 4 times, winning one award)

  • 1980

    Admitted to the Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition (thereafter admitted 19 times)

  • 1981

    Received the Art Festival Award at The Tochigi Prefecture Art Festival (received awards in three subsequent festivals)

  • 1982

    Solo Exhibit, Utsunomiya Ueno Department Store, Utsunomiya

  • 1984

    Became full member of Traditional Craft Arts Association
    Solo Exhibit, Kichijoji, Tokyo

  • 1985

    Received the Chairman of Craft Arts Association Prize at the 33rd Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition
    Received the Traditional Craft Arts Association Tokyo Division Award, at the Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Eastern Division

  • 1988

    Judge at the 28th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Eastern Division

  • 1990

    Received Encouragement Award at the 30th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Eastern Division

  • 1991

    Judge at the 31st Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Eastern Division

  • 1992

    Winner of the Tokyo Governor’s Prize, 39th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition

  • 1994

    Judge at the 6th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Wood and Bamboo Exhibition
    Judge at the 41st Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition

  • 1996

    Judge at the 7th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Wood and Bamboo Exhibition

  • 1999

    Bamboo Masterworks, Asia Society, New York, NY

  • 2000

    Cotsen Bamboo Prize Finalist
    Bamboo Masterworks, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

  • 2001

    Bamboo Masterworks, Honolulu Academy of Art, HI
    Solo exhibition, Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi, Tokyo

  • 2002

    The Next Generation, The University of Arkansas, Little Rock
    Group exhibition, The Tigerman Himmel Gallery, Chicago, IL
    Solo exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
    Public demonstration, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2003

    Three Views of Bamboo: Fujinuma, Nagakura, Shono, Kansas City Jewish Museum, Overland Park, KS
    The Classic Japanese Basket, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2004

    Bamboo in Japan, The Morikami Museum, Delray Beach, FL
    Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Arts group show, Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VA

  • 2005

    Awarded the “Purple Ribbon” by the Japanese Congress for lifetime achievement in the arts, presented by the Emperor of Japan
    Solo exhibition, The Japan/American Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
    Weavers of Wonder, Naples Museum of Art, FL

  • 2006

    Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Grinnell College, IA and Chicago Cultural Center, IL
    Group show, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA

  • 2007

    Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
    Listening to Bamboo: Japanese Baskets from the Collection of Ritalou & Robert Harris, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • 2009

    Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
    Form Follows function or Does It?, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
    Listening to Bamboo, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • 2010

    Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

  • 2011

    Solo Exhibit, Fujinuma Noboru: Master of Bamboo, Art Institute of Chicago, IL

  • 2012

    Named National Living Treasure

  • 2013

    Lectured at the Denver Art Museum, CO
    Solo exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2017

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


Museum Collections
  • Art Institute of Chicago, IL
    British Museum, London
    National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
    Denver Art Museum, CO
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
    Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN


ARTIST STATEMENT

Fushi, “nodes” in my language, also means “milestone,” as in the events that demarcate the stages of life. This new body of work is a personal milestone. The labor was intensive but at the same time it was also a very joyful and satisfying process.

Every piece of bamboo is different and selecting lengths of the right diameter, curvature, and spacing of the fushi was key to my inspiration. In the forest I might look at one hundred mature bamboo plants before finding one which suited my vision. This one I would cut down and thus the process had begun. I then cut into the bamboo and sculpted it’s surface and over many month’s time apply more than one hundred layers of colored natural lacquer. Then, I would sand back through the layers to expose the artwork’s hidden beauty.

The dialog between the fushi and myself guides the creation process and was much more direct than I have ever experienced before.  There were answers to be found everywhere, I simply needed to eliminate the self and seek them. By revealing the hidden anatomy of the “nodes” that our eyes cannot see from the outside, I hope to share with the viewer my experience of looking for answers about life.

  • Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art

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

  • Fujinuma Noboru (2013)