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飾筥 紅白梅 W12.5cm D12.5cm H15.0cm

Kyohei Fujita


Born in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Graduated from the Department of Crafts-Metal Carving, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo Fine Arts School (currently Tokyo University of the Arts)
Won the prize at NITTEN for the first time by “Nami” (wave) the sculpture made by metal
Moved to Ishikawa City, Chiba
“Kousai” (rainbow colors) was invited to an exhibition, Contemporary KŌGEI Styles in Japan at The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.
Released the first glass work: Decorative casket ”Shoubu”(Iris) at the 13th personal exhibition at Takashimaya Nihonbashi
Was invited to the exhibition of World Studio Glass
Became the president of Japan Glass Artcrafts Association
Started working in Murano island, Venice
The personal exhibition “Kyohei Fujita hand-blowing glass in Venice” at Takashimaya (Nihonbashi, Osaka)
Released Kanna patterned glassworks
Created crystal glasses with Orrefors (Sweden)
Was invited to the 25th Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition and received Ministry of education award
Became a member of the Japan Art Academy
Received the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon
Became the adviser of Japan Modern Craft and Artists Association
Opened Fujita Kyohei Museum in Matsusima, Miyagi
Received the Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon
Was designated the Person of Cultural Merits
Was awarded Ishikawa City honorary Citizenship
Received the Order of Culture
Died of pneumonia (aged 78)

In 1921, Kyohei Fujita was born in Hyakuninchou, Shinjuku ward,Tokyo.Always having wanted to be an artist since he was little, he entered the Department of Crafts-Metal Carving, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo Fine Arts School (currently Tokyo University of the Arts).At that time, he had been learning a lot of artistic knowledge and skills, encountering Rimpa which became an important motif of his works later. Especially it was so meaningful for him to see the glass work of Sassanian Persia at Seisouin exhibition. He had decided to live as a glass crafts artist because he was admired by the unbelievable brightness of the glass made 1000 years ago.

After the graduation,1974, he started to work at Iwata glass Manufacturing(currently Iwata glass Crafts). The founder, Iwata Toushichi was the leading person contributing to the development of the glass crafts. Fujita worked as a craftsman while learning the basic skills of it.However, Fujita wanted a career as an artist rather than as a craftsman so he left the job and he became independent after one and half year. Fujita showed the brand new style how to set up by himself as an independent glass crafts artist while borrowing a furnace and creating works inspired by his own ideas even though it was normal for the artists to create works during working at manufactures. However, in Japan, it was hard to make a living by free creation activities under the recovery from WWⅡ. Fujita made daily stuff and use its sales for the next works.

After that, he had gradually attended a fame as a glass artist thorough group exhibitions and loads of personal ones mainly at departmeht stores. In 1964, he released “Kousai”(Rainbow Colours) which was made by his original skill “fluid glass”.It is said that Fujita had a confidence from bottom of his heart for the first time by this masterpiece in which he succeed to make a moment when the fluid glass gets cold and hard. In 1973, his another masterpiece, “Decorative casket Shoubu”(iris) was displayed at the 13th personal exhibition. Fujita expressed the respect to RIMPA with dainty colors and drawings, gorgeous decorations such as gold and platinum leaves on the colored box. It inherits the goal of Japanese arts, RIMPA, and it was acclaimed all over the world as the work expressed by the glass which is used daily in every country.

Since 1977, Fujita had moved to Murano Island, Venice, Italy. His sense was inspired a lot by meeting energetic Venetian glass craftsmen. Fujita created the original forms and patterns by his originality during using “Kanna”(the traditional glass decorating skill).Thus, Fujita ,he had made the numerous works including Venice vase, he had been going back and forth Venice and Japan while improving his skills and he lived his all life as a glass crafts artist.