Master Takashi Wakamiya, an acclaimed artist, excels in the practice of traditional lacquer techniques with a high level of precision. He has developed an interest in executing with lacquer, East Asian objects historically made from unrelated materials such as bronze or ceramic. His studio Hikoju Makie in Wajima, Japan creates these “imitations” with such remarkable exactness that onlookers are fooled by the medium. Much more than the creation of a decorative surface, the sculptural forms and superbly nuanced colours make three-dimensional lacquer artefacts that are second to none.
Wakamiya was awarded Japan Cultural Envoy of the Agency for Cultural Affairs Ground prize of International Urushi Exhibition 2014. He exhibited in the UK, France, Russia and China including an exhibition of his works at the University Museum and Art Gallery of The University of Hong Kong in 2016. His works were chosen to become a part of the permanent collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, UK and Museum of Lacquer Art in Muenster, Germany.