TAI Gallery represents over 30 Japanese bamboo artists. Most of these artists belong to one of two professional associations although a few are independent. The Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) emphasizes art and sculptural beauty. The Nihon Kogeikai (Japan Craft Arts Association) emphasizes beauty in functional form and technical excellency. The Kogeikai works with the Agency for Cultural Affairs in the selection of craft artists to be named as Living National Treasures of Japan. Some established artists choose to not be associated with a professional association. Young artists who have not yet joined an association are also included in this group.

More information on the professional associations and many of the artists represented by TAI Gallery can be found in Robert T. Coffland's book, Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Arts, available from TAI Gallery.

Exhibition catalogs of many of the artists shown here are now available for online viewing on our Publications page; a link to the artist's catalog also can be found on the respective artists' pages.

See also our visual presentation of the plaiting techniques, artists' signatures, and bamboo materials used in the craft of bamboo arts: Bamboo Arts Appendix.

View our selection of videos on the fine art of Japanese bamboo basketmaking here

CNN did a "Style" piece on Japanese bamboo art featuring several of our artists; (story)

Click on thumbnails below for full image and artist's bio.




Nitten Group
Photo of Shono Tokuzo by Art Streiber (artstreiber.com)

Nitten
(Japan Fine Arts Exhibition)

Honda Syoryu 21694 HONDA
Syoryu
Honma Hideaki 21396 HONMA
Hideaki
Honma Kazuaki 19514 HONMA
Kazuaki
Minoura Chikuho 20073 MINOURA
Chikuho
Monden Yuichi 19963 MONDEN
Yuichi
MORIGAMI
Jin
Morigami 21099
SHONO
Tokuzo
Shono Tokuzo 20586
TANABE
Chikuunsai III
Tanabe Chikuunsai III 21391
TANABE
Mitsuko
Tanabe Mitsuko 21028
TORII
Ippo
Torii Ippo 20199
YAMAGUCHI
Ryuun
Yamaguchi 21209
 
Japan Craft Arts Assoc.
Kajiwara Koho; Photo by Art Streiber (artstreiber.com)

Japan Craft Arts Association
Abe Motoshi 21798 ABE
Motoshi/Kiraku
Fujinuma 19028 FUJINUMA
Noboru
Fujitsuka Shosei 21297 FUJITSUKA
Shosei
Hatakeyama Seido 21298 HATAKEYAMA
Seido
 
Shokosai 20813 HAYAKAWA
Shokosai V
Higashi HIGASHI
Takesonosai
Hirasawa Noboru HIRASAWA
Noboru
IIDA Seiseki 17313 IIDA
Seiseki
ISOHI Setsuko 22181 ISOHI
Setsuko
 
Kajiwara Aya 21810 KAJIWARA
Aya
Kajiwara Koho 19874 KAJIWARA
Koho
Katsushiro Soho 20714 KATSUSHIRO
Soho
KAWANO
Shoko
Kawano Shoko 21709
KIBE
Seiho
Kibe Seiho 20616
KOIDE
Bunsei
Koide Bunsei 21824
MAEDA
Chikubosai II
Maeda Chikubosai
 
MONDEN
Kogyoku
Monden Kogyoku
NAKATOMI
Hajime
Nakatomi Hajime 20949
SUGITA
Jozan
Sugita Jozan 20931
TANAKA
Kyokusho
Tanaka Kyokusho
 
TANIOKA
Aiko
Tanioka Aiko
TANIOKA
Shigeo
Tanioka Shigeo
WATANABE
Shochikusai II
Watanabe
YAKO
Hodo
Yako Hodo
 
Independents
Nagakura Kenichi; Photo by Art Streiber (artstreiber.com)

Independent
Kawashima Shigeo 21730 KAWASHIMA
Shigeo
Kosuge Fuunsai Kogetsu 21828 KOSUGE
Fuunsai Kogetsu
Mimura Chikuho 20098 MIMURA
Chikuho
NAGAKURA
Kenichi
Nagakura
TANABE
Takeo/Shochiku III
Tanabe Takeo/Shochiku III 21746
UENO
Masao
Ueno Masao 21731
YUFU
Shohaku
Yufu Shohaku 20946

There are now less than a hundred working bamboo artists in Japan. The young people who have taken up the call to learn bamboo basket making make a commitment of time that is hard for us as Westerners to comprehend. The first ten years are devoted to learning the basic techniques of cutting, dyeing, and plaiting bamboo. After this is mastered, another one or two decades are spent developing as an artist. Artists begin to gain full recognition as they come into their fifties and sixties. There are a number of basket makers who are still working in their eighties. It is an honor for our gallery to represent some of the top living bamboo artists of Japan.

Don't miss our visual presentation of the plaiting techniques, artist's signatures, and bamboo materials used in the craft of bamboo arts: Bamboo Arts Appendix.

The price for contemporary and antique bamboo baskets ranges from $1,200 to $25,000 and up for major exhibition pieces. A bamboo basket or sculpture made for exhibition involves anywhere from three to six months of work by the artist.

Examples of the work produced by the artists that TAI Gallery represents are featured on this page.
We are constantly receiving new pieces so it is best to contact the gallery by telephone or e-mail.


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