To create the forms of his exquisite lacquer sculpture MURAMOTO Shingo employs two types of materials—fabric over bamboo—because both are flexible. He then applies many layers of urushi (lacquer) which hardens when it dries. The fabric becomes taut between the twigs of bamboo, evoking a sense of tension. However the multiple layers of urushi causes the fabric also to slightly sag under its own weight and this creates beautiful flowing curved lines. These overall thin, film-like surfaces produce a sense of weightlessness and distinguishes the originality of Muramoto’s work.
Muramoto was awarded a M.F.A. from Tokyo University of the Arts in 1997. After living in Tokyo for a period of time he moved to Kanazawa where he was given a teaching position at Kanazawa Utatsuyama Kogei Kobo. After leaving that position he has lived and worked as a freelance artist in Kanazawa City with his wife and three children.