Drawings by Takeda, Hideo
Takeda Hideo was born in Osaka in 1948. He studied at Tama Art University, and already in 1976 he won the Bungeishunju Prize for cartoonists. He has had many solo exhibitions, including a major one at the British Museum in 1993, which also has his work in its permanent collection. His work has also been published in many books. From the Hangaten website: "Takeda has always claimed that he is a cartoonist and not an artist. However, as a cartoonist, he must necessarily be a master of line and Takeda's prints are finely defined and beautifully executed. Takeda also adds intricate surface patterns to his works. Takeda's subject matters covers a wide range from cartoons depicting humour, pathos, cruelty of urban life, to complex tattoos on gangster forms, to studies of skeletal birds and animals. He is best know for his "Genpei" portfolio of silkscreen prints started in 1985, depicting warriors of the 12th century, and which is destined to become one of the great Japanese print series of the 20th century."