Katsuo Tachi 2008


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Katsuo Tachi 2008

Jan 24 (wed) - Feb 18 (sun), 2024
12:00-19:00 (sun -17:00)
Closed on mon, tue
Yoshimi Arts


Yoshimi Arts is pleased to announce we are holding Katsuo Tachi’s sixth exhibition, “Katsuo Tachi 2008”, at our gallery.

Between conceptual art, minimal art and new painting, Katsuo Tachi chose to work predominantly with painting, as he believed it to be the best representative of the physicality of the body, and he continued painting until 2008, just before his death. His works show significant change and development despite the brevity of his career. From the beginning of 1990’s, organic entities began to appear in his paintings which are best described as insects, seemingly totally at odds with the purely abstract paintings of oil-colors on a more materialistic tone that he had been producing until that time. 

Katsuo Tachi’s parents had been running an apiary, and as the Tachi family travelled with their bees in search of flowers all over the country, so he spent his childhood observing firsthand the transitions of the seasons, and the rhythms of the day, which would all later inform his style for creating abstract representation of insects. Around the mid 1990’s, the insect-like motif began to dissolve, and the structure of his images began to emerge on the entire canvas, and the sudden appearance of a spherical presence created a cosmic space within the painting. Upon entering the 2000s, this motif which seem to embody intense ideas about the nature of life transformed into as an abstract organism within the wide blank spaces of his paintings. It was as if the blank space were allowing a place in time where that organism could drift near us to take form as something finite. The blank spaces were brushed with faint pearl colored paint which made us feel a slight materialistic texture, up until 2006. But from 2007 the organic motif still continued to grow, and he stopped applying any color to the blank spaces, and it seemed to develop a space where we cannot identify whether the flow of time was present or not. 

He was diagnosed with cancer in March 2007 and was given only six months to live in the summer. Rather than being hospitaized for treatment, he chose to create his paintings in consultation with his doctor. He continued to work in his studio until December 30, 2008, and he passed away in January 2009.

In this exhibition, we will exhibit about 5 works in 2008, which was the last year of his work, including works borrowed from the collectors.

image|July. 7. 2008 2008 oil on canva 1303×1303mm(S60)


■Past solo exhibtion at Yoshimi Arts

Katsuo Tachi 1980s-1990s
May 11 (wed) - 29 (sun), 2022
Yoshimi Arts
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Katsuo Tachi 1994-2008
Apr 28 (wed) - May 16 (sun), 2021
Yoshimi Arts

Katsuo Tachi 1997-2006
May 22 (wed) - Jun 9 (sun), 2019
more info >>

Katsuo Tachi
Oct 26 - Nov 15, 2015
more info >>

Katsuo Tachi
Oct 12 - Nov 14, 2012
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1964 Born in Mie Prefecture
1987 Graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Osaka University of Arts
2009 Died at age 44
Solo Exhibition (in life)
1985 Gallery Haku (Osaka) <’87~’93,’95~'09>
1991 Nagai Shoko Gallery SOKO (Tokyo)
1992 Gallery OH (Ichinomiya)
  Gallery View (Osaka)
  Gallery Printemps (Matsuyama)
1993 Gallery Hosomi (Tokyo)
  Gallery αM (Tokyo)
1994 Kobe Seibu Department Store (Kobe)
  Imura Art Gallery (Kyoto)
  Gallery Futaba (Nagoya)
  The Ufer! Gallery (Kyoto)
1996 Dai-ichi Life Gallery (Tokyo) <’03>
  Gallery Goro (Osaka)
1997 O Gallery (Tokyo) <~’03,05~’09>
1998 CTI Window Gallery (Tokyo)
  Hara Museum - Hara Documents 5 The Image Itself (Tokyo)
  Galleria Finarte (Nagoya) <~’01,’03,’06,’09>
1999 Esprit Nouveau Gallery (Okayama) <~’01,’03,’04>
2001 Mie Prefecture Art Museum (Mie)
2002 Gallery Sen (Osaka)
2006 Takashimaya Art Salon (Osaka)
2008 Konan University Galerie Pensée (Kobe)
Group Exhibition (pick up)
1986 "IMPACT ART" (Korea Museum of Art, Korea)
  "Diversified Construction" (Ishibashi Museum of Art, Kurume)
1987 "Individual Spirit" (Osaka Prefectural Center of Contemporary Art, Osaka)
1991 "Painting Now Osaka" (Osaka Prefectural Center of Contemporary Art, Osaka)
  "Osaka Contemporary Art Fair" (Osaka Prefectural Center of Contemporary Art, Osaka)
1992 "Seductive Brush Marks-From The 19th Century to The Present Day" (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto)
1994 "The Vision of Contemporary Art '94" (The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo)
  "Art Now 1994-Revelation and Duration" (Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Osaka)
  "The Facet of Japanese Contemporary Art" (Hyundai Art Gallery, Korea)
1995 "Cheju Pre-Biennale 1995" (Cheju Art Center, Korea)
1996 "Symptom of Beauty" (Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo/ Yokohama/ Kyoto/ Osaka)
  "Selected New Face Artists Exhibition 1996" (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto)
  "Sprit and Energy" (Worldworks Fine Art, California)
1997 "The Vision of Contemporary Art '97" (The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo)
  "CONTEMPLATIONS" (Woldwarks Fine Art, California)
1998 "Selected New Face Artists Exhibition 1998" (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto)
2002 "Collection" (Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Mie)
2003 "Collection" (Shunan City Museum of Art and History, Yamaguchi/ Mitaka City Art Gallery, Tokyo/ Fukui Fine Arts Museum, Fukui)
  "Kyoto・Painting Now~View of 85" (The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto)
2004 "Collection" (Dai-ichi Life Gallery, Tokyo)
  "Exhibition of Prize Winners-Vision of Contemporary Art 1994-2003" (Ohara Art Museum, Okayama)
2005 "The Dai-ichi Mutual Life Insurance Company Collections" (Dai-ichi Life Gallery, Tokyo)
2006 "Contemporary projected onto VOCA" (Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Tochigi)
2007 "The Dai-ichi Mutual Life Insurance Company Collections" (Dai-ichi Life Gallery, Tokyo), “Forest of the 20th Century Art” (Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art)
2009 "28th Outstanding Rising Artists Exhibition Presented by Sompo Japan Fine Art Foundation" (Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art, Tokyo)
2010 "Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection I: The Round and Rectangular" (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto/ Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Aichi)
  "Expanding Art - Introduction to the Contemporary Art; Collaboration of the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu and the Mie Prefectural Art Museum" (Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Mie)
  "Collection 2" (The National Museum of Art, Osaka)
  "Collection - From Tessai to Now" (Hekinan City Tatsukichi Fujii Museum of Contemporary Art, Aichi)
2011 "Collection 2011" - Spring (The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama)
2012 "The 35th Anniversary of the National Museum of Art, Osaka: the Allure of the Collection" (The National Museum of Art, Osaka)
2017 "Very Best of the Collection the 35th Anniversary of the Opening of the Mie Prefectural Art Museum" (Mie Prefectural Art Museum)
2018 "The 150th Anniversary of Hyogo Prefecture Hyogo and Modern Art 1868-2018" (Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art)
  "New Wave: Japanese Contemporary Art of the 1980s" (The National Museum of Art, Osaka)
2020 Shigeru Izumi + Kasuo Tachi exhibition "VISION" (Contemporary Gallery, Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store, Tokyo)
  "250 Years of Kyoto Art Masterpieces" (Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art, Kyoto)
2022 "Collection 2: Our Life" (The National Museum of Art, Osaka)
  OIL PAINTING IN NIPPON: An element of the art in our time (The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama)
1994 VOCA Encouragement Prize
Mie Prefectural Art Museum / The Dai-ichi Mutual Life Insurance Company / The National Museum of Art, Osaka/ Konan University, Kobe/ Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art / The Museum of Moder Art, Wakayama/ Hekinan City Tatsukichi Fujii of Contemporary Art / Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art / Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Arts

* : tentative translation