Kukoku Tamura

Kukoku Tamura (b. 1935) is a Japanese artist specialising in sumi (Japanese ink wash) paintings. The artist was born into a family business of dying traditional kimonos where he was acquainted with colours and pigments. Kukoku went on to pursue his artistic inclinations and started off his artistic career as an abstract calligrapher. 

Kukoku Tamura’s intricate fusion of painting and calligraphy produce many captivating symbolic elements in his artworks that confounds and intrigues the viewer. Using sumi as a primary medium, dynamic calligraphy brush strokes are prominently displayed in Kukoku’s artworks, distinguishing his work from others. Blank spaces are also a commonality in the artist’s work. Assisted by Masashi Ozaki, a well-known printmaker in Japan, Kukoku has notably dedicated much of his time to lithography, a method used in his paintings.

 

1935 Born in Yokohama, Japan

1949 Started studying calligraphy under BusanOshima

1954 Entered Meiji Universityin Tokyo, majored in Management

          JoinedSessonn Uno calligraphy school

1958 Graduated from Meiji University

Joined family business of dyingkimono.

1961 Started to focus on calligraphy

1965 Joined KeiseikaiCalligraphy School

1976 Became the judge of ‘Mainichi Calligraphy Contest’

1978 Published < Tamura Kukoku artworks -1 >

1983 Became a lecturer at Tama Art University in Tokyo

1986 Became the head officer of Keiseikai Calligraphy School

1996 Became the vice president of Keiseikai Calligraphy School

2007 Became a board member of Mainichi Calligraphy School

2009 Be inaugurated as the president of Keiseikai Calligraphy School

2011 Published “Kukoku Tamura Works 1963-2011”

 

Exhibitions:

1961 First solo exhibition in Kawasaki, Japan

1962 Second solo exhibition at Takekawa gallery in Ginza, Tokyo

1965 Third solo exhibition at Shinbashi Center gallery in Tokyo

           Fourth solo exhibition at Takekawa gallery in Ginza, Tokyo

1968 Fifth solo exhibition at Yamato gallery in Ginza, Tokyo

1970 22nd Mainichi Calligraphy Contest - won Grand Prize

1971 Joined the calligraphy section of Japan Art Festival in New York         

1982 Seventh solo exhibition at CenterGallery in Yokohama, Japan

1984 Eighth solo exhibition at Gallery SPACE 21 in Tokyo

1988 ModerneJapanischeSchriftkunstin Munich, Germany, Vienna, and Austria

1995 Ninth solo exhibition at Nakadoori gallery in Yokohama, Japan

1996 Tenth solo exhibition at Yokohama Takashimaya gallery, Japan

1998 Eleventh solo exhibition at Gallery OM in Shin Yokohama, Japan

1999 Twelfth solo exhibition at Yokohama Takashimaya gallery, Japan

2000 SALON DE MAI 2000 in Paris

          Modern Japanese Calligraphy exhibition in Berlin, Germany

2009 Thirteenth solo exhibition at Center gallery in Yokohama, Japan and many more

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