Kimiaki Kageyama

“Among many pieces of jewelry, there are a few that look to unfold a part of the secret of why people wear jewelry. For me, Kimiaki Kageyama’s jewelry is one of these works. His realistically made plants and use of urushi lacquer fragments from an old portable shrine remind me of fundamental affection for something ephemeral as well as human desire for eternity – both are primary sentiments people project onto jewelry in general. Furthermore, his work indicates that the real significance of being timeless lies not in the object’s immortality but in its ability to stir up sympathy within the viewer from any period of time.” Makiko Akyiama on Klimt02

 

Kimiaki Kageyama  (Born in 1948, Sizuoka Japan) is one of the most important Japanese master goldsmiths. He was awarded numerous prizes, including the Superior Prize at Japan Craft Exhibition, Japan (1980); the Tansuioh Prize at Satoh Faundation, Japan (1989) and the Herbert Hoffman Jewellery Prize, Germany (2015). Kageyama was the Dean of the Hiko Mizuno Jewellery College.