An original member of the First Thursday Society of Japanese printmakers, Rikio Takahashi’s work formed part of the resurgence of artist printmaking in Japan following the Second World War. Born in 1917 in Tokyo, Takahashi originally trained as an oil painter, moving his focus to printmaking as a pupil of Onchi Kôshirô between 1949 and 1955. Abstract art was banned by the Japanese government during wartime, and the 1950s saw its rebirth as the foremost style of contemporary Japanese prints. After Takahashi completed his training under Kôshirô, concentrating primarily on woodblock techniques, he studied further at the California Institute of Art, and remained active in printmaking until his death in 1999.
Takahashi’s collaboration with Kenneth Tyler followed a strong tradition of artistic exchange between America and Japan in the post-war period. Titled Nest, the print in the NGA collection was produced at the Gemini workshop in 1965. It is representative of Takahashi’s typical mode of abstraction, with depth created by tonal layers and the image vaguely reminiscent of the natural forms Takahashi found so inspiring.
1917 Born in Tokyo, Japan
1962 Included in annual exhibitions, at College Women’s Association of Japan, Tokyo from this date
1963 Receives prize at Tokyo International Print Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan
1964 Solo exhibition, Michu Gallery, New York
1965 Completes edition of Nest, at Gemini Ltd, Los Angeles
1970 Solo exhibition, Yoseido Gallery, Tokyo
1976 Included in Xylon Trienniale, Switzerland
1977 Solo exhibition, Elko Gallery, Paris, France
1978 Solo exhibitions, Yoseido Gallery, Tokyo and Yamada Gallery, Kyoto
1979 Solo exhibitions, Nakatomi Gallery, Tokyo; Eas Gallery, Hawaii; Galerie Mediane, Paris and Baiodo Gallery Arashikawa, Hokkaido
1990 Included in Xylon International Woodblock exhibition, Switzerland
1991 Included in exhibition, Japan Print Association, Tokyo
1993 Included in exhibitions, Contemporary Japanese Wood Engraving, Germany; included in exhibition, Japan, Print Association, Tokyo
1996 Solo exhibition, in Nagano
1990 Included in exhibition Xylon International Woodblock Triennial, Switzerland
Kate Buckingham, 2007
This chronology provides an overview of selected biographical information, major solo and group exhibitions held within the artist's own lifetime.
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- Workshop: The Kenneth Tyler Collection, Jane Kinsman (ed.), 2015