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Yozo Ukita 1924–2013

1924年(大正13)、大阪市に生まれる。1947年(昭和22年)、大阪の出版社、尾崎書房に入社し、翌年創刊される月刊誌『きりん』の制作・編集に携わる。『きりん』表紙絵の依頼を機縁に吉原治良と交流を深め、またその勧めで作品制作を始める。1955年(昭和30)、具体美術協会に参加、以後具体美術展を中心に制作活動を行う。1964年(昭和39)、同会を退会し、以後10年以上にわたり作家活動を休止する。1970年代後半より活動を再開、以後国内外で個展、グループ展多数。また養護施設などへの制作の助言も積極的に行う。2008年(平成20)『、きりんの絵本』刊行。2013年(平成25)、88歳で死去。

(大阪新美術館建設準備室ホームページより引用)

Born in Osaka City in 1924. Ukita joined the Osaka publisher Ozaki Shobo in 1947, and took part in the production and editing of the monthly magazine, Kirin (Giraffe), whose inaugural issue was published the following year. He became better acquainted with Jiro Yoshihara when commissioning covers for Kirin, and began his artistic career on Yoshihara's recommendation. In 1955, he joined the Gutai Art Association, and produced work mainly in connection with the Gutai Art Exhibition. In 1964, he left the association, and took a break from art for more than decade. Returning to creative work in the latter half of the 1970s, he exhibited at numerous solo and group exhibitions in Japan and abroad. He was also active in giving advice on creating art at special-needs facilities and other care facilities. In 2008, he published Kirin no Ehon (a compilation of covers and other artwork from Kirin). He died in 2013 at the age of 88.

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