Nakamura Dolls the fourth generation
1986 Born in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
2009 Graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Department of Sculpture
2011 Graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Department of Sculpture
Studied under his father, Shinkyo Nakamura, a doll maker
Produced zodiac ornaments for Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Fukuoka Prefecture
Created Hakata Gion Yamakasa Doi-style Kakiyama
Received many awards and held many solo exhibitions in department stores and galleries
The idea came from "if a doll maker of the Edo period time-traveled back in time to the present day,
The "Athlete Series" combines the May dolls used to pray for the healthy growth of children with modern athletes such as rugger men and baseball players,
The "Animal Series" with elegant patterns is a novel work that has never been seen before, while at the same time, it is entrusted with "prayers" that have not changed since ancient times, just as people have put their wishes into dolls since ancient times.
The current base of Hakata dolls was created by craftsmen gathered during the period of Nagamasa Kuroda's entry to Chikuzen in 1600, and became famous nationwide with the appearance of master craftsmen in the latter half of the Edo period.
Since the Meiji period, demand from overseas has also increased, and many artists continue to produce dolls today.
"Why do people make dolls?"
Nakamura Ningyo has been searching for the answer to this question since its establishment in 1917.
Finally, they have been thinking and creating dolls until we can say that "dolls are the form of people's prayers". However, that is not the answer to this question. As long as there are people's prayers, they will continue to make dolls. Until the day they arrive at the answer to the question.
2006 The 1st Geidai Art Plaza Grand Prize, Grand Prize
2007 The 2nd Geidai Art Plaza Grand Prize, 2nd Grand Prize
2008 The 3rd Geidai Art Plaza Grand Prize, Grand Prize
2009 Jury Prize, The 1st Sculpture Competition, Japan Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
Mitsubishi Estate Prize (Graduation Work of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music)
2013 Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition, First time selected, Newcomer's Prize
2014 Seibu Traditional Crafts Exhibition, First prize winner, Japan Crafts Association Award.
2015 Seibu Traditional Crafts Exhibition, Awarded Fukuoka City Mayor Prize
2016 Kanazawa World Triennale, Competition Section, Excellent Prize
2017 Traditional Crafts Creation Doll Exhibition in Kanazawa, Awarded Nakamura Memorial Museum Prize
2019 Awarded the Japan Crafts Association Prize, Western Traditional Crafts Exhibition, Japan.
2020 Awarded Grand Prize, Kyushu Geibunkan Triennale
2021 Awarded the Japan Crafts Association Prize at the Western Traditional Crafts Exhibition.
2023 Awarded the Fukuoka Prefecture Ministry of Culture Encouragement Award