Koji Hatakeyama

Born: 1956
Place of Birth: Takaoka

Koji Hatakeyama was born and raised in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, an area renowned for the ancient art of metal casting.

Koji makes exceptionally beautiful cast bronze boxes, with gold or silver interiors. He creates enigmatic, patinated surfaces which represent the landscape, evoking a sense of time. Koji describes bronze as being “a material with memories of a thousand years”.

‘I create contained vessels; I try to convey the sense that something is concealed or hidden within. I try to provoke a sense of the spiritual world in my bronze boxes. The patterns and facets I create on the outside are a direct response to the landscape. I find that when using gold or silver leaf within the interiors, there is a sense of enlightenment when opening the lid, my intention is to enter a different world, a different place. This place has no darkness. My consciousness is veiled in bronze.’ - Koji Hatakeyama

The Scottish Gallery has represented Koji Hatakeyama for fifteen years and he made fifteen boxes to celebrate this longstanding relationship which were exhibited at the Gallery in August 2014.

Public Collections include: 

Victoria & Albert Museum,London; National Museums Scotland,Edinburgh; Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, Aberdeen; Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA; The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; National Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Denmark Royal Family, Copenhagen, Denmark; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; The Japan Foundation, Tokyo, Japan; Takaoka City Museum, Toyama, Japan; Musee Tomo,Tokyo, Japan; and Rakusuite Museum, Toyama, Japan.

Koji Hatakeyama will be the subject of a solo exhibition in October 2018.

  • Six Faces
    Koji Hatakeyama

    Six Faces

    2010
    Cast bronze, platinum leaf interior
    H:18cm W:14.5cm D:11.5cm
    Price on Application
  • Eight Faced Bronze Box
    Koji Hatakeyama

    Eight Faced Bronze Box

    2011
    Cast bronze, gold leaf interior
    H:7.5cm W:11cm D:7.5cm
    Price on Application
  • Six Faces IV
    Koji Hatakeyama

    Six Faces IV

    2011
    Cast bronze, gold leaf interior
    H:15.4cm D:5.6cm
    Price on Application
  • Six Faces VII
    Koji Hatakeyama

    Six Faces VII

    Cast bronze, gold leaf interior
    H:15.5cm W:12.5cm D:12.5cm
    Price on Application
  • Six Faces VI
    Koji Hatakeyama

    Six Faces VI

    Cast bronze, gold leaf interior
    H:15cm W:9cm D:9cm
    Price on Application
  • Eight Faces V
    Koji Hatakeyama

    Eight Faces V

    2014
    Cast bronze, gold leaf interior
    H:15.4cm D:5.6cm
    Price on Application
  • Bronze Boxes: Koji Hatakeyama Festival Exhibition
    Koji Hatakeyama

    Bronze Boxes: Koji Hatakeyama Festival Exhibition

    August 2014
    Photograph: William Van Esland