Applying lacquer to leather. Allowing it to dry. And then applying again. Daisuke Motoike creates his lacquer leather works through the repetition of this process, applying numerous layers of color and creating a landscape that appears on the surface by cutting through them, reminiscent of the stratum of earth.
Motoike has expanded his work from bags to two-dimensional paintings and objects. This time around, he has produced a cube with a distinctive edge. His shippi works have caught the eyes of a vast range of fields and continues to gain momentum. We are pleased to introduce the current viewpoint for this exhibition.

Daisuke Motoike. Soloist.
Motoike is an artist who carries out his entire process alone. He applies layers of lacquer to leather, lets it dry, adds tones with different colors and then finally carves it out, creating a unique expression that is only found in the specific leather work.
The expression that of Motoike’s shiipi works change each time he shows his work at galerie a. This comes in the form of layered colors and glazed, un-evened surfaces, as if a three-dimensional object wrapped itself around a field of bumps. He is careful in his process for each work, down to the smallest detail, giving all of them an elegant expression.
The layering of colors that consist not only black but also bengara red, white lacquer and blue are reminiscent of Lake Shinji, where Motoike was born and raised, and other natural sceneries.


Daisuke Motoike
Daisuke was born in a leather craftsman’s house, touching leather by the time he could remember playing and spending his days working with leather in his youth. In order to become a leather craftsman, he started his severe training [with his father] in early childhood. After exploring the potential of leather as a material and working on it. He was absorbed in making not only leather but also gold and metal materials. He spent his days studying jewelry that leather-makers make. After returning to Japan, he converted his family business into a brand and made a remarkable achievement as a craftsman representing his brand. After he spent over20 years as a craftsman representing his family’s brand,he became independent with his own company known as Daisuke Motoike. He seeks ‘artisan’s style’ that goes beyond the craftsmanship. And he tries to use all natural materials for his expressions. Then he launched Taupe.D Motoike as a private brand that refuse to compromise on material/ matière [The word, matière, is material in French]. Also regarding creative expressions as an artist and a craftsman, with stronger work characteristics, he will show you his products in different approach from Taupe D.Motoike under the name as Motoike Daisuke.

An article contributed

Tomohiko Kato

Apply a layer of lacquer to the surface of leather.
After the lacquer has hardened, the surface is scraped to create a pattern,
and then carefully polished.
This process is repeated over and over again.

Change the color, change the whetstone,
and repeatedly cut down layer after layer of the surface.

Underneath the many layers of colored lacquer coating lies the skin of a life-force
that persisted in some other era of time.

The materials, which have passed through the lives of animals,
are brought back to life through a combination of the ancient wisdom of the lacquer craft
and Motoike's unique handiwork.

The works created by Motoike's unique technique and his approach to materials,
reinforced by the presence of Nobuhiko Akiyoishi and his eye for aesthetic,
bring about new world of unique shippi that are just simply fascinating to me.

Creative Director/Designer
Tomohiko Kato

The beginning of
Tones on Tones

The original Urushi on leather artwork presented by Motoike.
Such an artwork that I have never seen before, and I could not conceal my surprise.
This representation is named "Overlaid", and it continues to evolve.


Motoike's idea of a "modern lacquer box."
This is a symbolic work that has been made since the early days of lacquer skin expression.
The idea was to create an object rather than a bag.


A group of objects pursuing abstract forms.
His abstract expressions seem to be at odds with his father, who continues to use figurative expressions.
What is your own expression? Created by asking yourself questions.

Art works

Cube-shaped and two-dimensional works express hardness and straight lines
that are the exact opposite of the characteristics of leather.
We pursued the possibilities of leather created by points, lines, and surfaces.


2023.10.13(FRI)-22(SUN)12:00 - 18:00
104, 6-9-2 Minamiaoyama Minato-ku
TOKYO 107-0062 JAPAN
+81 3 6450 6725


Gallery Direction
Nobuhiko Akiyoshi
Yusuke Shiiki
Tomoyuki Washiyama
Roca Onishi
Masakado Nishibayashi
Yuko Mori
Shoko Akiyoshi