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Hakuo Iriyama Profile

1904 Born in the familiy of a lacquer crafts man in Shirone, Niigata Prefecture

    begins the full-fledged training of a lacquer artist at the age of 15

1926 Begins to study dry lacquer techniques in Tokyo
1928 Enters the Craft Department, specializes in Lacquer Craft at Ueno Bijyutsu                  Gakko (now Tokyo University of the Arts)
1931 Exhibits and wins at the Arts and Crafts Exhibition (bijutsu kougei ten)

         while still a student

1932 Exhibits and wins at the Art Associations Exhibition (bijutsu kyokai ten)

1933 Graduates from the Lacquer Craft Department at Tokyo University of the Arts

         Graduation work is exhibited and awarded for highest excellency, remains part of            the collection of the Tokyo University of the Arts Arts Museum

1934 Travels to Korea for Korean Rakunami Cultural Reseacrh, concentration on                  archaeological lacquer art research. In November solo exhibition of the research            work exhibited in Pyongyang, Gyeongseong

1935 Exhibits and wins at the Art Association Exhibition

         (Work: Natsume tea caddy for the tea ceremony) acquired by her Royal                      Highness Empress Teimei and delivered to the Imperial Palace

1936 Exhibits and wins at the government sponsored 3rd Shin Bunten Exhibition

1940 Becomes member of the Japan Foreign Trade Council and exhibits works overseas

         in the Hoshukuten

1944 Founds a research group for lacquer enamel inlay in metal

1945 Exhibits and wins at the government sponsored 1st Nitten Exhibition,

         artwork sold overseas

1946  Exhibits and wins at the government sponsored 2nd Nitten Exhibition

1948  Exhibits and wins at the government sponsored 4th Nitten Exhibition

1950  Exhibits and wins at the government sponsored 6th Nitten Exhibition

    Leaves the art organizations and works as independent artist


1950 For the first time announces and presents his original lacquer technique                        (thick lacquer base is spread on a dry lacquer plate and while not dried yet, a                spatula from bamboo is used to draw into the base. After drying the base is                  colored with pigmented lacquer imitating nature, similar to an oil painting                      technique, while the base is already prepared as a relief. He calls the technique              "Shitsuga" 【漆画】- "Lacquer painting". In the same year he announces the new            technique of "Lacquer Painting Block Print"【漆絵版画】 using a dry lacquer plate          and lacquer for printing and "Lacquer Ink Stone" -"Urushisuzuri"【漆硯】 building          the whole inkstione from dry lacquer)

1954 Several artworks delivered to United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany,            Argentina, Netherlands, Belgium 

1955 Delivers a Dry Lacquer Metal and Lackuer Inlay Cabin 【乾漆象嵌蒔絵花瓶】 to            the Soviet Art Museum 

1956 Solo exhibition of "Lacquer paintings" at the Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Gallery

1957  Follows the second exhibition of "Lacquer paintings" at the same location 

1958  A third exhibition of "Lacquer paintings" at the same location is followed by

     one-man shows at Kintetsu, Isetan, Odakyu, Daiwa and Tokyu department stores          galleries, Shiseido Gallery in Ginza, Keidanren Kaikan, Tokyo American Club and          The Industry Club of Japan that were repeated over the following years for more            than 30 times  

1975 Wins at Okinawa Expo '75 "Contemporary Art Contest Exhibition- Drawings of            the Sea" for a 100 cm broad sized lacquer painting depicting "Whirling tides"
1977 Retrospective exhibition of the last 30 years held at Tokyo Central Museum
1982 Guest Exhibition at the The Shoto Museum of Art, followed by a long term one-            man show in the United States, Pasadena Museum of California Art, exhibiting              lacquer paintings

1984 Exhibiting the 70 cm lacquer painting "Akatsuki Fuji" in the "500 Years of Artists          inspired by Mount Fuji" exhibition in a row with famous artists like Sesshu, Zean,          Sotatsu, Korin, Okyo and Taikan in the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

1986 Senshinhora Gallery, Tokyo Machida, One- man show

1988 Lacquer painting exhibition at Hachioji Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd.

1990 Exhibition at Aikawa Gallery, Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture

1991 Hakuo passes away November 11

2002 "The Beauty of Lacquer" Exhibition Meiji Shrine, Bunkakan Treasure Museum              Annex with auspices of the Traditional Crafts Industry Promotion Association

    Yearly participation up to 2015

2006 long term one- man exhibition at Keio Plaza Hotel and Lobby Gallery and Art                Lobby "Hakuo Lacquer Painting Retrospective"

2007 Exhibition at Urabandai Hibara Lakeside " Nekoma Hotel " South Hall 

2008 Exhibitions in Spain, Barcelona and Madrid 

2009 Exhibition at Urabandai Hibara Lakeside " Nekoma Hotel " South Hall 


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