Takeo Yamaguchi, ‘Sha’, 1972, Phillips

From the Catalogue:
“The point of origin for material objects is in one point and its expansion is a limitless, circular growth. Consequently my motif is always cosmic. In other words, man, beast, plant, wood, earth, stone and other things in existence are all comprehended and epitomised in the life of the cosmos.” - Takeo Yamaguchi
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: signed, titled and dated '"Sha" September 1972 Takeo Yamaguchi [in Kanji]' on the reverse

Takeo Yamaguchi, The Works of Takeo Yamaguchi, Tokyo, 1981, no. 365, n.p. (illustrated)

Private Collection, Japan
SBI Art Auction Co., Ltd, Tokyo, 23 April 2016, lot 80
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

About Takeo Yamaguchi

Takeo Yamaguchi’s style was a blend of influences from disparate traditions—a reflection of the artist’s training in both Modernist styles and Japanese painting techniques. Yamaguchi first studied European styles of painting at the Tokyo Art School and then in Paris, and took particular interest in Cubism and other avant-garde movements; he was attracted to the reduction of form to flat planes. Upon his return to Japan, he became involved with the Nika-Kai Group, which was founded in opposition to the separation of canonical Japanese painting and Western styles. In the 1950s and ’60s, Yamaguchi developed his mature style, a blend of Art Informel, flat geometry, and monochromatic reduction.

Japanese, 1902-1983, Seoul, South Korea, based in Tokyo, Japan