After the passing of Imaizumi Imaemon XIII (1926-2001, Living National Treasure), Imaizumi Imaemon XIV became the head of their celebrated family of Iro-Nabeshima ceramicists. In 2014, at the age of 51, Imaizumi Imaemon XIV became the youngest artist in Japan to be designated a Living National Treasure for his achievements in elevating contemporary Nabeshima porcelain. Incorporating his signature Rinpa-style designs, which embraces bold, graphic renderings of allegorical iconography, and traditional techniques developed by his family over generations, Imaemon XIV’s work is an innovative example of Nabeshima ware.
Selected Awards and Exhibitions:
2015 Contemporary Living National Treasures, Onishi Gallery | New York
2014 Japan from Prehistory to the Present, Japanese Galleries The British Museum
Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan | Washington D.C.
2009 Recipient of the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Government of Japan
2004 Recipient of the Governor of Tokyo at the 51st Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition Prize