Gallery Exhibition: Ken Noguchi

Taking his inspiration from millennium-old Buddhist statues, Ken Noguchi crafts contemporary lacquerware.


His sleek, lacquer vessels are made using a method from Japan’s Nara period, when statue craftsmen would apply lacquer-soaked hemp cloth to a rough clay core, which was later removed. In place of clay, Noguchi uses Styrofoam and other modern materials.

“Lacquer is a natural material that has been used in Japan since the Jomon period and continues to be used today,” Noguchi says. “With this background in mind, I hope that visitors will be able to see and feel the diversity of expression, charm and beauty of this material.”

Noguchi’s exhibition is part of the Frederick Harris Gallery’s second summer of shows by emerging artists. He completed his graduate studies at the Kanazawa College of Art in 2010.

All works are available for purchase through Member Services.

Artistic Thoughts
Moment I realized I wanted to become an artist.
KN: I have always loved drawing and building things since I was a child, so becoming an artist was a natural progression for me.

What I would tell my 20-year-old self.

KN: There will be hardships ahead, but you will meet many wonderful people through your art and your world will expand beyond your expectations. So please don’t give up. Keep doing your best.

My perfect creative environment.
KN: A place with a mix of both old and new. I need both stimuli to be able to create.

Artist, living or dead, I’d most like to share a meal with.
KN: From the past, it would be lacquer artist Zeshin Shibata, and film director Christopher Nolan from the present.

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