Japanese artist Teppei Takeda uses grand, gestural brush strokes to create abstract portraits of his subjects. The completed paintings are anonymous, rather than of a specific person, and emphasize the vividness of the strokes, the traces of the flowing brush and the luster of the generous applications of paint that catch the light.
Takeda is somewhat of an anomaly. The 41-year old worked for a decade almost exclusively within the confines of his studio in Yamagata, waiting for the right moment when he would unveil his paintings to the world. That day came in the summer of 2016 when Takeda held his first solo exhibition at local gallery Kuguru.
Here’s what his current gallerist had to say about the show:
There was no special advertising or publicity, but the ten portraits that he exhibited had such an impact on viewers that the news soon spread, reaching people who would travel to Yamagata from far away to see his works and collectors hoping to buy.Maho Kubota Gallery
Teppei Takeda’s current show at Maho Kubota Gallery in Tokyo, titled “Paintings of Paintings,” recently opened and is on view through October 12, 2019. Morioka Shoten, the Ginza bookshop that only carries 1 title per week, is currently selling Takeda’s book of paintings (through 9/15).