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 two solo exhibitions at Art Gallery ARTIUM in 1992 and Tagawa Museum of Art in 1994 located in his home town were showcased.

He deceased at the age of 56 in 1998 and until now, his works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in and out of the country such as “THE ENDLESS TIGER” Tagawa Museum of Art (1999), “Metamorphose Tiger” O Museum (1999), “Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde” The Museum of Modern Art, NY (2012), “Tiger TATEISHI : TIGER’S LABYRINTH” Aomori museum of Art, Aomori (2015), “The World is Strange! The Manga and Paintings of Tiger Tateishi and Yuichi Yokoyama” Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (2017), and “Parody, around 1970s right and left of double voice – – Japan” Tokyo Station Gallery (2017).



Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan
Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
Tagawa Museum of Art, Fukuoka, Japan
The National Museum of Art Osaka, Japan
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Hokkaido, Japan
Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan
Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
The Miyagi Museum of Art, Miyagi, Japan
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
Chukyo University, Aichi
Olivetti, Milan
Alessi, Omegna, Italy
Deutsche Telekom, Germany
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
M+, Hong Kong
Takahashi Ryutaro Collection


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