6422 An uchidashi (hammered) iron flower vessel of abstract form.
Japan 20th century Shōwa period
Tomobako signed: Kenzō -saku
Seal: Ken (Kenzō)
Dimensions: H.14″ x W. 18¾” (35.5cm x 47.5cm)
Ochi Kenzō (1929–1981). Born on the 29th September 1929 in Ehime prefecture. He studied metal arts at Tokyo University of Fine Arts, graduating in 1953. He returned there as a part-time teaching assistant in 1956, and joined the full-time staff in 1959. He became a full-time lecturer at the Tokyo Gakugei University in 1965 and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1969 becoming full Professor of metalwork in 1976. He became a member of the Japan Metalwork Artists Association (Nihon Kinko-sakka Kyokai). He died on the 13th of March, 1981, aged 51.
1954 (Showa 29): Nitten Exhibition – The Fourth Category, he received an award for the first time.
1964 (Showa 39) Nihon Gendai Kogei Bijitsu-ten Exhibition awarded the Yomiuri Newspaper prize.
1965 (Showa 40): Nihon Gendai Kogei Bijutsu-ten Exhibition (Japan Association of Modern Artist Craftsmen) awarded the Minister of Foreign Affairs prize.
1965 Nitten Exhibition awarded the tokusen (grand) prize and the Hokuto Prize.
1966 (Showa 41): Nihon Gendai Kogei Bijutsu-ten Exhibition (Japan Association of Modern Artist Craftsmen): received a members’ award and the award by the Foreign Minister.
1967 (Showa 42): Nitten Exhibitions: he entered a piece.
1969 (Showa 44): Nitten Exhibitions: he was awarded with the Chrysanthemum prize.
In 1967, 1970 and 1972 (Showa 42, 45, 47): He was a judge for the Nihon Gendai Kogei Bijutsu-ten Exhibition (Japan Association of Modern Artist Craftsmen)
1972 (Showa 47) onwards he continued to exhibit at the Nitten Exhibitions
His work “Tree Thoughts” 1970 is in the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and other works by the artist can be found in the collections of the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art – Crafts Department, and at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts. See also: Japanese Studio Crafts by Robert Faulkner, pl.17 and the University Art Museum at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music’s catalogue: Kogei, A view of a Century of Modern Japanese Crafts, pl.209