(Japan 1948– )
49.0 x 40.0cm image; 66.0 x 50.0cm sheet
Born in Aichi Prefecture and a graduate of the Aichi Educational University, Takabatake now resides in Gifu.
Takabatake works as a graphic designer and book illustrator as well as producing prints. His droll poster-coloured cartoons are light-hearted assessments of the urban working-person's life. His interest is to give some simple, humorous relief to the mundaneness of everyday life. With regard to this print he shows Thursday man who works the hardest on Thursdays - after that he can rest.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 89.
Jackie Menzies (Australia) (Author), Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 89, 91 (colour illus.). cat.no. 56
The Urban Bonsai, Queensland Art Gallery, 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, National Art Gallery, Wellington, 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, Christchurch Art Gallery, 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, Manawatu Art Gallery, 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, The Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Moree Plains Gallery, 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995.