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.
Master Takashi Wakamiya 若宮隆志, an acclaimed lacquer artist, excels in traditional lacquer techniques with a high mastery level. He is also serving as director for the Hikoju Makie studio. This group of craftsmen designs innovative art objects based on the inheritance of traditional designs and motifs. Much more than creating decorative pieces, his works have interesting sculptural forms and superbly subtle colours that make three-dimensional artefacts unique.
Wakamiya tirelessly promotes lacquer art in Japan, throughout Asia and the world. He was appointed to be a Japan Cultural Envoy by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2014 and actively took part in cultural exchange, exhibitions and lectures in the UK, Europe and China. He was awarded the Grand Prize of the Japan Ishikawa International Urushi Exhibition in 2014. The University Museum and Art Gallery of The University of Hong Kong collaborated with Wakamiya on a special exhibition "The Art of Contemporary Japanese Makie" in 2016, which was the first of its kind in Hong Kong. Wakamiya’s lacquer artworks 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.
若宮隆志 蒔繪 日本漆藝 工藝品 香港