Yoshihiko MURATA

Bio | Works

Murata’s work relies heavily on the external play of light that creates silhouettes that continue his forms and flow indistinguishably from the sculptural pieces themselves. This engaging illusion teases one’s perception of where the black lacquer ends and the shadow begins.
He applies more than 20 coats of lacquer on each lacquerware, and each polished coat required time to dry, which makes each piece several months to complete. His good mastery of lacquering led him to develop his recent lyrical Silhouette Series, the pieces creates lines that twist and turn, swell and fade, like the sounds from a musical instrument.

Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minnesota has acquired his work.