Profile, TATUHARU

Okamoto Tatuharu,
He was born in 1964 in Kyoto and is now based in Kyoto.
He calls his works 'CG UKIYO-E' and refers to himself as a 'CG UKIYO-E artisan.'

He first came across ukiyo-e when he happened to open a collection of ukiyo-e prints in his father's bookcase when he was about 12 years old. Thereafter he became fascinated with the world of Landscapes from ukiyo-e. Hiroshige's twoseries:'53 Stages on the Tokaido' and '100 Famous Scenes from Edo' in particular, influenced him strongly in a variety of ways.
He came to admire Hiroshige and used to enjoy copying Hiroshige's pictures in water colors and oils. This was the basis from which he learned his own subsequent method of expression and color sense.
His own personal theory about UKIYO-E is that 'Ukiyo-e should not be an antique art form.' Around the linchpin of this theory he has created fantastic new modes of expression, full of originality, using a computer and fusing paintings, photographs, and computer graphics.



Principal Events in Tatuharu's Career

1997, Created his current 'CG UKIYO-E' method.
1998, His work entitled 'Kyoto, Sannenzaka slope' won prize at an audition held by a company to discover new artists. This provided the opportunity for his work to start selling commercially.
1999, Composed an illustration entitled 'Hikone-1, strike the bell in a white night' for a memorial ticket for the Ohmi Railway. From the end of the year to the beginning of the following year a small exhibition of his work was held at the Hikone Prince Hotel.
2000, Responsible for the cover illustration on the monthly information magazine issued by the Tourist Division of Wakayama Prefecture. 'Kisyu Heisei Meisyo'series.
2001, Compiled the '21 scenes from the Rekishi Kaido' series at the request of the Rekishi Kaido Promotional Council.





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