About Kataoka Tamako
After studying Japanese painting at Womenfs Academy of Fine Arts, Kataoka Tamako served as a teacher for over thirty years while vigorously developing her own art under the tutelage of such masters as Yasuda Yukihiko and Kobayashi Kokei. She was fond of the Ukiyo-e esthetic and eagerly adopted stylistic elements from the traditional Rimpa school of Japan and the postwar European movement of Art Informal, creating a unique and unconventional style of her own. Bold paintings, rooted in the earth and local tradition, have a rich creativity and forcefulness that make them stand out conspicuously in the world of modern Japanese painting circle.
She had used landscape as background to her figure paintings since the beginning of her career, but she began to concentrate on it as a main subject in the late 1950s and early 1960s. As she gradually developed a stronger interest in landscape, she became entranced with the oceans and mountains and came to see them as living things. This interest became a passion, and she traveled throughout Japan to explore volcanic mountains and experience their burning energy. She climbed many of these mountains, obtaining a physical experience of the atmosphere surrounding them in order to depict them in her paintings. Her explorations culminated with the most sacred mountain in Japan, Mt. Fuji. She was captivated by Fuji and its ever-changing appearance, and vowed to continue painting the mountain it until she died and her bones were laid to rest there.