Koji HatakeyamaBorn: 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 Faces2010Cast bronze, platinum leaf interiorH:18cm W:14.5cm D:11.5cmPrice on Application
Eight Faced Bronze Box2011Cast bronze, gold leaf interiorH:7.5cm W:11cm D:7.5cmPrice on Application
Six Faces IV2011Cast bronze, gold leaf interiorH:15.4cm D:5.6cmPrice on Application
Six Faces VII2014Cast bronze, gold leaf interiorH:15.5cm W:12.5cm D:12.5cmPrice on Application
Six Faces VI2014Cast bronze, gold leaf interiorH:15cm W:9cm D:9cmPrice on Application