Takanaka Kaiju Encyclopedia
This self-published book was first unveiled at the "Takanaka Kaiju Encyclopedia" exhibition held at A&S in September 2021. We hope you will enjoy the world of Kenichi Takanaka, who has been studying the oriental classics in the harsh yet rich life in the mountains, and devoting himself more and more freely to his creations as his heart desires.
《Below are the artist's words for the A&S exhibit》
“I like monsters. I like monsters and monsters fighting each other. And I like monster dolls. I like only those made by Marusan and Brumaak, which were produced from 1966, the year I was born, to a few years later. The later ones are not interesting. When I was a child, I used to let my monster dolls fight each other in the sandbox in the garden or in the bathroom. I used to make onomatopoeic sounds like "Gao" and "Boom" while making them fight each other. Looking back, that was everything. The me of fifty years ago is the irreplaceable me.”
*This does not provide English translation. Japanese only.
【Author】Kenichi Takanaka【Format】H26.5×W25.8 cm【Number of pages】192pages【Issued date】2021【Publisher】Takanaka Shizendo
【Kenichi Takanaka】Kenichi Takanaka is a chirographer, painter, and potter. He was born in Toride-shi, Ibaraki in 1966. Beginning his education at Gakushuin University, Takanaka later left in order to teach himself the techniques of calligraphy, painting, and pottery. In 1993 he set up his kiln and studio in Otaki, Chiba, where he devotes himself to his artistic activities while leading a semi self-sufficient life with livestock. His unique and humorous works are influenced by old Chinese and Japanese scriptures and are exhibited in various art galleries in Japan.
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