The eldest son of the distinguished porcelain artist Miyashita Zenju (1901-1968), MIYASHITA ZENJI attended Kyoto City University of Arts and studied under Tomimoto Kenkichi and Kondo Yūzō. While teaching at the university as a part-time instructor from 1966 to 1985, he also interacted with and was inspired by sculpturally focused masters Yagi Kazuo, Suzuki Osamu, and Kiyomizu Kyūbey. Miyashita was affiliated with Seitōkai and the Nitten group, exhibiting in their annual competitions, which he won 18 times. His works have been included in exhibitions throughout the world and acquired by major museums in Japan, the US, and Europe.
Using a saidei (colored-clay overlay) technique, Miyashita applied extremely thin layers of delicately gradated colored clay in irregular bands to cover the surface of each sculptural vessel or form, transforming the surfaces into distant hills, drifting clouds or rolling waves.
Selected Public Collections:
Aichi Prefectural Museum, Japan
Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), Adelaide, Australia
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand
British Museum, London, UK
Brooklyn Museum, NY
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Ithaca, NY
Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN
Japan Foundation, New York, NY
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Japan
Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives, Japan
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
Musée Cernuschi, Paris, France
Musée des Arts décoratif, Paris, France
Musée National de céramique, Sèvres, France
Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo, Japan
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan
Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan
Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, Japan
National Museum of Asian Art, Washington, DC
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
Newark Museum, NJ
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
Portland Museum of Art, OR
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada
St. Louis Art Museum, MO
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan
Spencer Art Museum, Lawrence, KS
Stiftung Keramion, Frechen, Germany
Worcester Art Museum, MA
Oblong diamond-shaped vessel covered in graduated colored clay banding titled, Saidei kaki-Haru; "Distance"
15 3/4 x 18 x 7 in.
Standing flattened vessel with diagonal bands of color clays in gradated hues
Stoneware decorated with carved bandings of colored clays
21 7/8 x 13 3/8 x 7 1/2 in.
Flattened large lobed form with concentric rings of colored clay overlays
Stoneware with colored clay overlays
25 1/4 x 16 3/8 x 7 1/8 in.
Curved rhomboid sculpture with raised base, covered with bands of colored clay
Glazed stoneware with colored-clay bands
18 3/4 x 19 x 5 in.
Tall, rectangular blue and green vase with black-glazed top
Stoneware and colored clay bands
21 5/8 x 12 1/2 x 7 1/8 in.
14 x 13 1/2 in.
Flattened and lobed vase with bands of colored clay in graduated hues of dark blue to light blue
20 7/8 x 14 1/2 x 8 5/8 in.
Flattened standing vessel with circular bottom and tall rectangular neck decorated with banding of colored clay
21 x 18 x 3 1/4 in.
Flattened ovoid standing vessel
Stoneware with colored-clay banding
14 5/8 x 9 3/4 x 4 3/4 in.
Columnar, open-mouthed sculpture with extended foot and banding of varied colored clay
Stoneware and applied colored clay
18 7/8 x 14 1/2 x 8 1/4 in.