Tiger Tateishi



Tiger Tateishi
Born in Fukuoka, 1941. Deceased , 1998.

Koichi Tateishi a.k.a. Tiger Tateishi spend his childhood in Chikugo, formerly known as a coal-mining origin. He graduated from the Musashino Art University Junior College of Art and Design, and in 1963 he submitted a large collage, a relief painting Community, which employed tin toys and driftwood to the 15th Yomiuri Independent Exhibition, and it was highly esteemed by the critique, Ichiro Hariu. Subsquently, he joined a group exhibition “Young Seven” curated by Yoshiaki Tono at Minami Gallery, and exhibited his first solo show at Sato Gallery, where he used the image of the rising-sun flag incorporated with unique method containing a motif in the three dimensional logo primarily seen in the field of advertisement design. After his debut in the art world as a pioneering artist in 1968, he began presenting his Manga in the magazines in the name of Tiger Tateishi (Tiger in katakana) as his pen name. In 1969, followed by his personal relocation to Milan, many solo exhibitions to feature his creation took place in the European cities, coinciding his practice evolved utilizing spilt-frame technique used in Manga. From 1971 to 1974, he worked with Olivetti consultant Ettore Sottsass dedicating his time in making drawings and illustrations.
After a return to Japan in 1982, he vigorously continued working on a broad range of mediums – Oil painting, Hanging scroll, Folding screen, and Object made of clay, and in 1990 he adopted his pen name entirely in “Kanji”, notably after his solo exhibition in Chiba. Tirelessly, the solo exhibitions at Art Gallery ARTIUM in 1992, and Tagawa Museum of Art in his home town were showcased two years later. He deceased at the ege of 56 in 1998 and until now, his works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions such as “THE ENDLESS TIGER” at Tagawa Museum of Art and “Metamorphose Tiger” at O Museum both in 1999.



Chiba City Museum of Art
Takamatsu City Museum of Art
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Tagawa Museum of Art
The National Museum of Art Osaka
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Fukuoka Art Museum
Museum of Modern Art
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art
The Miyagi Museum of Art
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Aomori Museum of Art
Chukyo University
Olivetti, Milan
Deutsche Telekom
Mori Art Museum
Fuchu Art Museum