Gutai Art Association take a special place in postwar art history. Founded in 1954 by Jiro Yoshihara, the group
s innovation and challenging spirit gained worldwide attention until its dissolution in 1972. Recently its retrospectiveGUTAI: The spirit of an Era,
at The National Art Center, Tokyo in 2012 andGutai: Splended Playground
at the Guggenheim Museum New York in 2013 re-visited the raw and fresh spirit of the group of young artists from Osaka and Kobe area in postwar Japan.
In the beginning the group started with 17 members, and later in 1960s several young and influential artists including Tsuyoshi Maekawa joined the group and became the Gutai second generation. Born in 1936 in Osaka, Maekawa took Yoshihara as his mentor in 1959. After participating the 8th Gutai exhibition, he finally became a member of the
Even Maekawas young age, his innovative works using burlap and its visceral materiality and powerful image captured the group
s leader Jiro Yoshihara and French critic Michel Tapiés eye. Using burlap
s rough and organic surface, Maekawa applied a glue and oil paint to create works that have raw materiality, yet maintaining the elements of a painting. The rough surfaces meandering lines repeat organically, reminiscent of the rhythm of the natural world, geological structures of the earth, go beyond the realm of the abstract and touch the viewer
Toward the 90s and 2000, Maekawa started to use more colors with acrylic paintings, adding colorful visual images while keeping the rough materiality, and intriguing the sense of touch and colorfulness.
Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong will present the solo exhibition of Tsuyoshi Maekawa from Nov. 26th at its gallery space in Wong Chuk Hang. The artists first solo exhibition in Hong Kong will celebrate the artist
s long career from the young and rebellious member of Gutai Art Association to a seasoned artist himself now. Featuring Maekawas work from early 1960s to late works, it will be a rare chance to see the artist`s life long achievement.