(Japan 1953 – )
61.5 x 44.0 cm image; 73.0 x 51.0 cm sheet
As with other contemporary artists, Takagaki is defining a new world, creating uninhabited dwellings and spaces that tease our knowledge of past and future worlds. He is very interested in ancient history and his forms evoke unknown nomadic tribes. He is also searching for different concepts of contrast as exemplified in this print in which the soft amorphous exterior of an above-ground structure is contrasted with the precision of the internally defined subterranean room.
To create the special effects of his prints, Takagaki prints on both sides of the paper, using water-based colours.
He was born in Hiroshima (which may explain his focus on shelters), was educated at Tama Art University and now lives in Kanagawa.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 92.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 92, 95 (colour illus.). cat.no. 58
The Urban Bonsai: