How to tell whether a Japanese artist is an underwater world art expert
A Japanese artist has earned the title of world art experts by winning a contest to determine which underwater world artists are the most accomplished underwater artists in the world.
The award was announced Thursday by the Japanese Academy of Arts and Artifacts, a government body that is responsible for issuing world art awards, at a ceremony in Tokyo.
“The most accomplished in this field are not simply artists, but people who work underwater, including underwater engineers and artists who are underwater in their work,” said Akira Ikeda, a professor at the Japanese National Museum of Art and Japan’s top official on underwater culture.
“The work is highly creative and in this respect, it deserves recognition.”
According to the academy, the award goes to “an underwater artist who has attained outstanding artistic abilities while performing underwater for the purpose of communicating ideas and feelings about life in the underwater environment.”
The winner will be chosen by a panel of experts from the country’s top museum and research institutes.
It is the third year the awards have been awarded, and the winner of the award in 2014, Yuki Yamamoto, won for the work of Japanese sculptor Takashi Yamamoto.
The Japanese Academy, which is part of the government, has been awarding world art prizes for more than 70 years.
Last year, Japanese artist Koji Sasaki won the World Design and Cultural Award for his design of a lifeboat.
Ikeda said the Academy will consider applications from people who want to win the prize.
The ceremony was held in a museum on the banks of the River Shun, which flows through the city of Kyoto, and was attended by dozens of high school and college students, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The academy’s president, Tomomi Tanaka, said the winners are chosen on the basis of a variety of factors, including the artistry and skill of the artist.
Ikedaras work includes water sculptures, water art installations and underwater landscapes.
He said the academy is proud to be one of the first to accept the nomination for the 2015 prize, which was first announced in 2006.
In 2014, the Japanese government awarded Sasaki a bronze statue of the late Japanese artist Takashi Yaminaka, which had been placed in a special exhibition at the National Museum.
In 2015, Yamamoto won the first-ever prize for the creation of a human lifeboat from his underwater art installation “The World of Water.”