Kazuo Shiraga

Kazuo Shiraga was born 1924 in Amagasaki, Japan. He graduated from the Kyoto Municipal Special School of Painting in 1948, and joined the Gutai avant-garde movement in 1954. Shiraga’s gestural style was influenced by American Abstract. Shiraga was best known for his performative painting practice; he would suspend himself over his canvases and paint using his feet. Though similar in style to Jackson Pollock’s “drip” methods, Shiraga’s technique was more textured, with the paint applied liberally to the canvas compared to Pollock’s painterly abstract swirls and splatters. Shiraga’s work has been exhinbited in numerous group exhibitions, such as Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949–1962, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2012–13; Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012–13; and Gutai: Splendid Playground, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2013. Solo museum retrospectives have taken place at the Musée d’Art Moderne, Ville de Toulouse, 1993; Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, 2001; Yokosuka Museum of Art, 2009 Dallas Museum of Art, 2015. Shiraga died in 2008 in Amagasaki, Japan.

Kazuo Shiraga Auspicious Yellow