Yasuki Hiramatsu

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beauty, modernity, ritual
Design and Crafts (jewellery, metal work)
Asia, Eastern
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Taming beauty

Yasuki Hiramatsu is a pioneer of contemporary jewellery in Japan. He has explored and re-interpreted traditional metalworking skills in order to create modern art. Hiramatsu´s works radiate simplicity, purity and strength. Concentrating on textures, form and light, his pieces capture an inner beauty and warmth that seem to come alive as light gently reflects across the surface. "The metals which I mainly use are also like living things," he says, "when I make a piece, I play, worry, struggle with it and encourage it." Throughout Hiramatsu´s distinguished career, he was won several prizes. In 1991 he was bestowed with the 41st Crafts Award in Excellence by the Japanese Government Ministry of Education and in 1994, was the first non-European to be awarded ´the ring of goldsmiths´ from Gelleschaft fur Goldschmiedekunst in Germany. In 1997, he was also awarded the ´Kunii Kitaro Prize&´ by Japan Industrial Art. He has several important pieces in public collections worldwide, including at the Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Pforheim Schmuckmuseum, Germany, the Royal College of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Author: Diana Yeh, Visiting Arts


Yasuki Hiramatsu was born in Osaka in 1926 and currently lives in Tokyo, Japan. He has had a prestigious career as an educator and has been Professor at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He has also been the Director of the Japan Jewellery Designers Association. He has works in several public collections in Japan, Germany and the UK and has won numerous prizes.


1952 Living Industrial Arts Institute Award, Tokyo
1957 Living Industrial Arts Institute Award, Tokyo
1969 Gold Prize at 3rd Craft Centre Japan
1970 Prize at the Japan New Crafts Exhibition, Tokyo
1991 41st Crafts Award in Excellence awarded by the Japanese Government Ministry of Education
1994 First non-European to be awarded`the ring of goldsmiths? from Gelleschaft fur Goldschmiedekunst
1997 Awarded `Kunii Kitaro Prize? by Japan Industrial Art Foundation


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Japanese Master

(06 July 01 - 28 July 01)