Mitsumoto Takeshi

Mitsumoto Takeshi (b. 1962)

Mitsumoto Takeshi turns the innate difficulties and weaknesses of metalworking techniques to his advantage, transforming them from potential defects into integral parts of the beauty of his work. Undulations and unevenness caused by the heat of soldering are incorporated into his work as symbolic of the flow of water and wind, the play of light and shadow. His work confronts perceptions of metal as rigid and heavy and draws out its inherent suppleness and delicacy. Rust is the natural decay of metal, the degradation process part of the transience of life that is embraced by Zen philosophy: “In the inexplicable ambiguities of my work, I hope to connect with the human spirit.”

In the chrysanthemum series, an example of which is in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, the distortions caused by the soldering process have been overcome by cutting slits between the petals of the flower shape – a technical inevitability and potential defect transformed into the unique beauty of the work.

Mitsumoto works with metal in architectural applications in his Tokyo studio Atelier Ren, where he also indulges his interest in exploring the characteristics of metal in art forms. A member and former Director of the Japan Craft Design Association, Mitsumoto’s work is regularly selected for public competition exhibitions, and he has won several major prizes, including the Talentborse Handwerk Prize in Munich in 1991. Currently combining university teaching with his art work and architectural commissions, his work has been exhibited in London, New York, Belgium and Australia.

1962   Born Okayama prefecture
1987   Graduated from Tokyo Gakugei Daigaku – postgraduate in teaching art.
1990   Selected for the ‘Asahi Modern Craft Exhibition’ and again in 91, 95 & 96
Selected for the Takaoka Crafts Exhibition. Silver prize.
1991   Selected for the ‘Talentborse Handwerk 1991’ Prize winner.
Established Studio in Hachioji-city, Tokyo
1996   Won the 13th Tansuiou Prize, presented by the Sato Foundation for the promotion of arts and crafts.
Exhibited at “Forms of Lines; Forms of Plates, Gallery U
1997   Selected for the Japan Crafts Exhibition, Received Grand prize
Participated in the 2nd “lights in daily lives exhibition” at Living design gallery
1998   Group Exhibition, “Twisted Fellows”, AXIS X;port
Group Exhibition, “Neo Metal works”, Wacoal Ginza Art Space
1999   Group Exhibition, “Metalworks”, Kagurazaka Pulse Gallery
2006   International Art & Design Fair, Lesley Kehoe Galleries, 07
2007   SOFA Exhibition, New York, Lesley Kehoe Galleries
2008   Japanese Cool zero 8, Lesley Kehoe Galleries
2009  Collect (SAATCHI Gallery / London)
Passion Japan (Milan)
2010   SOFA New York 2010
2011   SOFA New York 2011
Collect (SAATCHI Gallery / London)
Solo Exhibition (Gallery Okariya / Tokyo)

Public Collections
Kyusyu Sangyo University Museum / Fukuoka,Japan
National Gallery of Australia / Canberra,Australia
Victoria&Albert Museum / London

JCDA – Japan Craft Design Association


Mitsumoto Takeshi
Lesley Kehoe