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Sept. 24, 2004

Japanese Artist Hiramatsu Will Speak On His Work Oct. 7

Yasuki Hiramatsu, professor emeritus of Tokyo National University of Fine art and Music, and widely regarded as the most important figure in jewelry and metalwork in Japan, will give a free public lecture on his work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

Hiramatsu will also have work on display at M.C. Ginsberg Jewelers in Iowa City, opening at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8.

Hiramatsu is a pioneer of contemporary jewelry in Japan. He has explored and re-interpreted traditional metalworking skills in order to create modern art. "The metals which I mainly use are also like living things," he says, "When I make a piece, I play, worry, struggle with it and encourage it."

Hiramatsu was born in Osaka in 1926 and currently lives in Tokyo. He has had a prestigious career as an educator and has been professor at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He has also been the director of the Japan Jewelry Designers Association. He has works in several public collections in Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom and has won numerous prizes, beginning in the '50s.

Among Hiramatsu's distinguished awards are the Living Industrial Arts Institute Award in Tokyo in 1957; Gold Prize at the 3rd Craft Centre Japan in 1969; Prize at the Japan New Crafts Exhibition, Tokyo in 1970; 41st Crafts Award in Excellence awarded by the Japanese Government Ministry of Education in 1991; and Kunii Kitaro Prize by the Japan Industrial Art Foundation in 1997.

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