The works of Mokuta Takeo who passed away in 1987 was exhibited.
Mokuta Takeo was born in 1910 in Toyooka-ward of Hyougo-prefecture. He started painting in his early childhood because he was influenced by his grandfather who was a Japanese painter. In 1935, he exhibited a landscape using real steels. This painting was unconventional for that time. After that, people loved him for his picture book style paintings.
Since 1960, he started to create works which consisted of wood and steels. He had developed the style until his death. He liked the timbers, especially discarded ones. He listened to the voices of those who were exploited and wasted under the name of civilization. He gave them new lives as his artworks.
The artist gave religious titles to his artworks, such as “Bon”, “Miarei.” It is said that he was inspired by the instructions from somewhere when he was making his artworks. This attitude of the artist transcending the modern self, enables us to sense his pious respect for the Mother Nature. We will be pleased if you visit the exhibition and hear the artist’s message.
＊Miarei...Birth, advent of God