Thursday, July 19, 2007

Keiichi Tanaami

Keiichi Tanaami began his career as part of the under ground scene of Japan in the 1960’s. He experimented with painting, illustration and short films, however after graduating from Musashino Art University he became best known for his large, graphic poster work. His use of 60's psychedelia mixed with Asian imagery such as pine trees, goldfish, and clouds has created a style that's rendered him a cultural icon in Japan.

He is still working today as a professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design in the information design department. He’s also exhibiting internationally alongside artists such as Andy Warhol and Tony Ousler - and he continues to cross mediums, working between fashion, design and contemporary art.

The above image is from an interview with him that can be found at the online Shift Magazine; the middle images were scanned from one of my favourite publications Idea Magazine; and the below image is scanned from a catalogue of his work called Amigo's, (
I can't list the correct publishing details because it's all in Japanese!) but it can be purchased from the cool shop Via Alley in Darlinghurst, Sydney.

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