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In the gallery take a close look at the shadow paintings so you don’t miss anything! On the painting that looks like its just a hook and shadow, there is also a key! Takamatsu had great concepts and ideas in his artwork.

Jiro Takamatsu was a highly influential visual artist. Jiro Takamatsu was born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1936. Takamatsu is renown for his shadow paintings.

Takamatsu attended the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music where he studied drawing and painting.

The artist was at his peak during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Below we visit an exhibition from the Tate Modern:

Takamatsu was a professor at the Tara Art University located in Tokyo.

Price range information: The artist worked in acrylics, oils, and metal. Takamatsu was also a printmaker. Works range from $30,000 to $250,000.

Takamatsu was also a performance artist.

The artist represented his country at the Venice Biennial.

Jiro Takamatsu passed away in 1998. He was 62 years of age.

In this clip we pay a visit to another wonderful exhibition of works by Takamatsu:


Jiro Takamatsu was a painter with unlimited imagination and great concepts behind his work. His shadow paintings are so unique they are hard to describe. As humans we often pay a great deal of attention to what people wear and what they look light. His works leave us wondering where the people are and if we can approach them.