Initially, in the 1930s, Suda Kokuta painted in a figurative style before moving on to become an abstract painter of the Japanese avant-garde art scene throughout the 1950s, 60’s and 70’s. In later life, he focused on Zen calligraphy. Kokuta was an active member of numerous discussion groups regarding art and calligraphy and in 1955 he co-founded the Modern Art Club of the Kansai region along with Yoshihara Jiro, Yagi Kazuo (1918-1979) and Tsudaka Kazuichi (1911-1995). In 1967, he became a teacher at Nishinomiya School. In the 1970s, he illustrated many travel essays and in 1985, wrote a book entitled Watakushi no zokei: Gendai Bijutsu (My Shaping: Modern Art), a philosophical volume concerning his thoughts and influences.
Suda Kokuta (1906-1990)
Ink and color on paper
59.5 x 66.5 cm (23 1/2 x 26 in.)
Original mounting 92.5 x 68.3 cm (36 1/2 x 27 in.)
Original box (tomobako)