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倉貫徹 Toru
Kuranuki
Toru
Kuranuki

Toru
Kuranuki
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  • 1948 Born in Osaka prefecture
  • 1971 Graduated Osaka University of Economics
  • Currently, lives and works in Nara prefecture
  • 01 Exhibitions More

About
the Artist
About
the Artist

As a young man in his twenties fascinated by the world of art, Toru Kuranuki (b. 1948 –) would go on to befriend the influential painters affiliated with the Gutai School of avant-garde artists, in particular Atsuko Tanaka and Kazuo Shiraga, as they lived near his home in the Kansai region. In fact, Kuranuki would often be present during the production of the Gutai artists’ works, with Kuranuki actively assisting Tanaka in the making of her circular canvases, whereas Shiraga would often ask Kuranuki’s opinion of his work, in particular the paintings realized with Shiraga’s feet. Deeply inspired by his association with such integral figures within the Kansai art world, Kuranuki would teach himself how to paint, and would go on to exhibit his work in 1968 at the Mainichi Art Competition and the Ashiya City Exhibition, and perhaps more consequentially, mark his debut at the age of 21 at the 1969 Gutai Newcomers Exhibition held at the now-legendary Gutai Pinacotheca, a group of “kura” style storage houses which Gutai leader Joji Yoshihara renovated into an exhibition venue.
Kuranuki was essentially a businessman, however, and ran his family jewellery business as his day profession whilst exhibiting sporadically, even after the dissolution of the Gutai in 1972. In 1990 Kuranuki would open his own art gallery, Gallery Kuranuki, which ran until 2002, where he even held solo exhibitions of Tanaka and Shiraga, until passing the gallery to his sister Mitsue Yagi, who would transform the gallery into the Artcourt Gallery in 2003.
A Lighthouse called Kanata is proud to represent this overlooked artist’s oeuvre via the introduction of the acclaimed Kazumi Arikawa of Albion Arts, who has personally championed Kuranuki’s career for decades. The painter is now in his 70’s, yet Kuranuki believes that the work he is producing today reveals the artist working at the height of his powers.