Takesada Matsutani

Born: Osaka, 1937
Period of Membership in GUTAI : 1963-1972

Matsutani studied Japanese-style painting at Osaka Municipal High School of Industrial Arts.
He met Sadamasa Motonaga in a sketching class organized by Nishinomiya City Art Association and exhibited for the first time at the 9th Gutai Art Exhibition. Initially, he released powerful works with bars and squared timber, and works in the style of Art Informel, but began to focus on vinyl-based adhesives (product name: Bond), which had just been released around 1962. For the artist, who was aiming to reproduce an organic image, an adhesive that could create three-dimensional bulges was the ideal material. It is said that Matsutani’s desire for an organic image came from him seeing an enlarged view of platelets contained in blood through a friend at the time. In 1966, he was awarded the grand prize at a competition held by the French government. He currently resides in France.