Artist

Takashi SAWADA

Takashi SAWADA

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INTRODUCTION

Sawada has created paintings since 2003. He creates through a “use what you can” approach—for Sawada, this means his right foot. He first wrote by holding a brush between his legs, but after thinking that he wanted to express himself through more grandiose paintings, he developed a technique of kicking cups of paint with his right foot to spread them across the canvas. His make-or-break style is thrilling, spreading a unique sense of tension across the canvas in a reflection of precious moments in Sawada’s life. Working together with staff over ten years, he produced nearly 100 works, including collaborations with other artists and large paintings up to 1455 x 1120mm in size. His works express the very essence of the feeling of being alive, seemingly inhabited by a spirit of exaltation of his own existence. He talked about how exhilarating it was for him to create, staying engaged in painting until the very end of his life. Even after his passing in 2013, he continues to be an inspiration to many through his works, which involved the people around him in the creative process.

PROFILE

Born in 1946, Sawada has created paintings at Katayama Studio in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, since 2003. He creates through a “use what you can” approach—for Sawada, this means his right foot. He first wrote by holding a brush between his legs, but after thinking that he wanted to express himself through more grandiose paintings, he developed a technique of kicking cups of paint with his right foot to spread them across the canvas. Working together with staff over ten years, he produced nearly 100 works, including collaborations with other artists and large paintings up to 1455 x 1120mm in size. He talked about how exhilarating it was for him to create, staying engaged in painting until the end of his life and involving those around him in the process as he developed his practice. Even after his passing in 2013, he continues to be an inspiration to many through his works.