(Japan 1953– )
61.5 x 44.0cm image; 73.0 x 51.0cm 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 (Australia) (Author), Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 92, 95 (colour illus.). cat.no. 58
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.