Okuyama Hoseki Japanese, Living National Treasure, b. 1937

Okuyama has been working as a silversmith since he left his home in Shinjo, Yamagata Prefecture, and in 1995, he was designated as a Living National Treasure for his tankin skills. The two techniques in which Okuyama excels in the kiribame and uchikomi methods of hammering a design onto metal and then fitting the metal parts into the design. Kiribame is well suited for larger patterns, while uchikomi is more suitable for delicate designs. Both techniques allow the artist to create skillful designs of nature. In the 1990s, he developed a unique style of modern and colorful designs by applying damascening techniques to his creative metal vessels to incorporate nature-inspired expressive motifs. The large work of art that was donated to Ise Shrine displayed more than 12,000 cherry blossom petals, which were hammered on the surface through the uchikomi method.


Selected Exhibitions

2020  Asia Week, New York, US; Master of Metal Art, Okuyama Hoseki and His True Calling, MOA Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
2019  The 66th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan
2018  Living National Treasure Exhibition, MOA Museum of Modern Art, Shizuoka, Japan


Selected Public Collections

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | New York 

National Museum of Modern Art | Tokyo 

MOA Museum of Modern Art | Shizuoka 

Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan