Jiro YOSHIHARA | 吉原 治良


1905     Born in Osaka, Japan.
1917    He studied oil painting systematically in middle school and graduated from the Advanced Business of Kwansei Gakuin University.
1928     When he went to France to study, he held his first solo exhibition. While studying abroad, he was instructed by the famous Japanese painter Tsuguharu Foujita in Paris,
1934     At the recommendation of Tsuguharu Foujita, Yoshihara’s works were selected for the first time at the 21st Second Science Exhibition in Japan
1938     He joined the Nine Room, which was founded by avant-garde artists of the Second Branch Society.
1952     Joined the Modern Art Symposium as an Officer
1954     Yoshihara founded the ” Gutai Art Association” in his hometown of Osaka’s Ashiya, the first avant-garde art group after the war.
1955     Start to Publish Japanese and English magazines with the name of “Gutai “
1955     Improvised white cement as a painting at the first Gutai  art exhibition, followed by a study of line elements and calligraphy ink.
1955     Promoted the first participation of the Gutai  “Light Art” in the summer outdoor exhibition and continued to extend the concept to the interactive art show “Please Draw As You Like” at the outdoor exhibition in 1956.
1956      The Declaration of Gutai  Art, defining a new connection between spirit, body and material in art.
1957   “The Gutai Art on stage”, he expressed the concept of “nothing” by the dramatic light effects of demonstrating on an empty stage.
1958     A series of intensely and plump abstract paintings were created, a black-and-white work was exhibited at Martha Jackson Gallery in New York, and then show on the Carnegie International Art Exhibition, which was eventually purchased by the Carnegie Art.Museum. 
1959     Yoshihara wrote that ” Gutai Art Association are not the practice of Orientalism”.
1960     Yoshihara completely entered the creation of “circle” shape. Focus on drawing “circle”, and constantly pursue the meaning of ” circle “.
1960     Yoshihara began to use calligraphy and ink as a means of expression in sketching and oil painting.