Ōsumi Yukie Japanese, Living National Treasure , b. 1945

Ōsumi Yukie was designated a Living National Treasure in 2015, and is the first female artist to receive this honor in her field. She specializes in tankin, or hammered vessels and applies the traditional technique of nunomezōgan to the decorative and functional pieces that she creates. This process involves hammering metal-leaf or wire into a fine, mesh-like grid incised into the surface of the metal. Through her designs of wind, waves, clouds and streams, Ōsumi creates a formless and flowing affinity with nature.
She graduated in 1969 from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts and afterwards studied under Kashima Ikkoku (1898-1996), Sekiya Shiro (1907-1994) and Katsura Moriyuki (1914-1996).  For one year, she trained as an artist in the United Kingdom under a sponsorship by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs.  Ōsumi was most recently awarded a residency at The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian Museum of Asian Art in 2015.
 
Selected Public Collections:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | New York 

Victoria and Albert Museum | London 
Royal Museum in Edinburgh | Scotland
National Museum of Modern Art | Tokyo