津高和一 TSUTAKA Waichi 1911–1995
Born in Osaka in 1911 and started painting in his late 20s. After the Second World War he began exhibiting his work in group exhibitions and his subject matter was focused on the ruins of war. From around 1952 however he changed to painting abstract work incorporating abstract shapes and poised lines, combined with bold color. He did not join any particular art movement, however he joined some small artist societies including Gendai Bijutsu Kondankai (Contemporary Art Discussion Group), kown as 'Genbi', which was established by artists Jiro Yoshihara and Kokuta Suda and others in 1952 in order for artists to discuss ideas freely regardless of their associations with any particularly school or movement.
Tsutaka continued to exhibit at various group and solo exhibitions - including Tsutaka Waichi at The National Museum of Art, Osaka (1993), where 130 of his works were shown. He died in the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in Kobe in 1995, aged 84.
Waichi Tsutaka's work has entered museum collections including The National Museum of Art, Osaka, and The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.