The Gallery by
The Gallery by SOIL is dedicated to presenting the art of lacquer from Asia.
It is probably the first gallery in Hong Kong which brings together lacquer masters and artists of diverse cultures, blending the traditional with the contemporary to showcase variety in the discipline.
Since 2012, SOIL has devoted most of our efforts and resources to the design and research of this art form.
Akito Akagi 赤木明登 was born in Okayama, Japan. He started his career as a magazine editor at a publishing company. After that, he moved to Wajima in 1988, and he became an apprentice to a base-coating master of Wajima lacquerware, Susumu Okamoto, in 1989. Akagi owns a studio and works independently since 1994. He gained international recognition and selected as one of the “twelve contemporary Japanese lacquerware artists”.
Akagi is advocating that lacquer art should be an integral part of everyday life. He has been recognised as one of those who actively promote Japanese lacquer making in a contemporary context. His inspiration comes from those pieces of the old days and ancient times, which he found in temples or locally in Wajima. Akagi’s works blend traditional aesthetics with contemporary style.
“I feel the vitality of many old things. They give me a sense of freedom that is deep and precipitated. Old things became the basis of my creation. They are no longer confined to the beauty of their own. That is what I strive to achieve.”
赤木明登 日本漆藝 工藝品