Yasuhiro Asai was born in Tottori Prefecture in 1983 and graduated from Toyama University in 2004. He started as an apprentice for Kazumi Murose in lacquer art making. Now, Asai is an independent Urushi artisan and by far has created numerous lacquer pieces which earned him many awards in Japan. I had the honor in asking Yasuhiro about his art and how he dreamed of introducing his masterpiece into the world.
I hate going to school and “Lacquer” has Change My World
I did not go to junior high school because I hated going to school. The only thing I did to past time is painting so I enrolled myself to a boarding school where they accept out of school youths and there I met lacquer art for the first time.I can see myself doing lacquer art for the rest of my life and I intend to continue doing it passionately. Traditional lacquered pieces are still very important no matter what age we are.
The making of the Lacquered Work of Art
The beauty of any lacquered art lies in it’s brightness. When light reflects into a solid object, brightness is created. My lacquered pieces are particular and are all about being three dimensional. I usually work with boxes because I believe that this is the embodiment of beauty in the Japanese culture. The Japanese people have been making lacquered boxes since ancient times and this was considered as a sacred offering. I want to continue the essence of spirituality in the art.
Lacquer of Charm
There is this common item that everyone that just loves and wanted. People loves shiny jewels like gold. I think that black lacquer is as charming and beautiful as any shiny jewel. Some people might not like lacquered masterpieces but I will continue to work with lacquer. It gives me the sense of spirituality.
I Want to Regain the Best Status Symbol for Lacquer
The lacquer used to holds the best Japanese status. I tried to find the meaning behind lacquer and lacquer ware and I have found out that as time has gone by, the meaning has slowly faded away. It is my dream to regain lacquer’s prestigious status.
Thank you Yasuhiro for that interview. You can visit Yasuhiro Asai’s work here.
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