Morigami Jin Bio/CV

b. 1955

One of the most artistically gifted of the younger generation of bamboo artists , Morigami's parents are both bamboo artisans who work commercially. He enrolled at the Beppu Occupational School in 1979, and he already had a solid foundation in bamboo. His graduation was fortuitously timed. The Japanese economy was strong and his gentle, delicate designs had broad appeal for decorating modern apartments. For a time, he had so many department store orders that he employed several young assistants. A fine designer and craftsman, Morigami is credited with introducing a new style of bamboo basketry to the Beppu market.

As a young artist he submitted his work to Nitten, the Japan Fine Arts Association, in a highly unusual process, was accepted without having to advance through the interim stages. The resentment that ensued from more senior artists contributed to his decision to end his involvement with Japan's public exhibition system for many years.

By the time his work was introduced to collectors in the United States, he was so consumed with earning a living for his family that he had given up creating new artwork. Today, Western interest has breathed new life into his career. Since 2005, when his work was again accepted in Nitten, the artist has enjo yedrenewed success in Japan and abroad. He is working on a series of topography-themed sculpture made in a style of hexagonal plaiting that is a radical departure from the traditional.

 

Morigami's pieces are part of collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, and the Museum of Art and Design in New York City. In 2004, he was a finalist for the prestigious Cotsen Prize.

 

M o r i g a m i J i n | CV

 

b. 1955, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture, Japan

 

 

E d u c a t i o n

 

1978, Graduated Tsurumi High School in Oita Prefecture

 

E x i h i b i t i o n s + A c c o l a d e s

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

1983, Three Artists, La Poll

1983, 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”

1998, SOFA Chicago

1999, International Asian Art Fair, New York

1999, SOFA New York and SOFA Chicago

1999, International 20th Century Art Fair, New York

2000, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2000, SOFA New York and SOFA Chicago

2000, International 20th Century Art Fair, New York

2001, Arts of Pacific Asia, San Francisco

2001, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2001, Bamboo Fantasies, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe

2001, SOFA New York

2001, SOFA Chicago

2002, The Next Generation, University of Arkansas, Little Rock

2002, International Art & Design Fair, New York

2002, Arts of Pacific Asia, San Francisco

2002, International Asian Art Fair, New York and SOFA New York

2003, Exhibited at Tigerman Himmel Gallery, Chicago

2003, Exhibited at Hali Fair, London

2003, SOFA New York

2003, Antiques Chicago and SOFA Chicago

2003, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2003, International Art & Design Fair, New York

2004, San Francisco International Art Exhibition

2004, Palm Beach!, West Palm Beach, Florida

2004, SOFA New York

2004, Antiques Chicago and SOFA Chicago

2004, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2004, International Art & Design Fair, New York

2005, Palm Beach!, West Palm Beach, Florida

2005, San Francisco International Art Exhibition

2005, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2005, SOFA New York

2005, SOFA Chicago

2005, The International Art & Design Fair, New York

2006, Palm Beach!, West Palm Beach, Florida

2006, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2006, Art Miami

2006, Power & Delicacy: Master Works of Japanese Bamboo Art, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe

2006, Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Grinnell College, Iowa

2006, Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Chicago Cultural Center

2006, Exhibited at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2007, The Next Generation, Asian Art Museum,San Francisco

2007,Arts of Pacific Asia, San Francisco

2007, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2008, PalmBeach!, West Palm Beach, Florida

2008, New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters,The Japan Society, New York

2009, Many Shapes of Bamboo III, Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Japan

2009, SOFA New York

2009, SOFA West: Santa Fe

2009, Art Miami

2010, SOFA New York

2010, Art Chicago and SOFA Chicago

2010, Dallas Art Fair

2010, SOFAWest: Santa Fe – participated in the art fair and demonstrated bamboo basket making on site

2010, ManyShapes of Bamboo IV, Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Japan

2010, Int’l.Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, New York

2010, Art Miami

2011, Dallas Art Fair

2011, SOFA New York

2011, Art Chicago and SOFA Chicago

2011, Art Antiques London

2011, ManyShapes of Bamboo V, Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Japan

2011, SOFA West: Santa Fe

2011, Houston Art Fair

2011, Int’l. Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, New York City

2011, Beauty in All Things: Japanese Art and Design, Museum of Art & Design, New York

2012, SOFA New York

2012, Int’l. Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, New York

2013, Birds in the Art of Japan, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2013, Oita’s Art Movement, in partnership withthe Oita Prefectural Government, a museum-quality show, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe

2013, Fired Earth, Woven Bamboo, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2014, Bamboo weaving demonstration, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2014, Group show, Japanese American Cultural Community Center, Los Angeles

2014, SOFA Chicago

2017, Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art, TAI Modern at Joan B Mirviss LTD, New York, NY

 

M u s e u m C o l l e c t i o n s

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Arts and Design, New York

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, North Carolina

Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Craft Art Museum, Japan

 

Oita Prefecture Art Hall, Japan