All the fans created by Tadanori Yoshimoto are hand drawn by himself, making every single piece of artwork unique. Both sides of the fan are beautifully drawn with different designs. Due to its uniqueness, each piece carries its own name and title.
The frames of the fan are special in their materials. One of the bamboos used is 本煤(ほんすす)竹(たけ)(genuine smoked bamboo), which is a roofing material from old houses that is very rare to find nowadays. Such material changes its appearance as time goes by.
Tadanori Yoshimoto was born in 1947 in Hiroshima city. He graduated from Nihon University College of Arts. He has worked as an art magazine editor, after which he continued to pursue his interest in art as an active art coordinator. He is also a fan writer and a novelist.
In 2002, he held his first solo exhibition in Toyko. He also started his annual exhibition at Mitsukoshi department store in Nihonbashi, Tokyo in 2005. He released his novel “花 影 (shadow of flower)” in 2010. In 2013, he held a collaboration exhibition with other artists such as Akimitsu Tomonaga, a molding artist, as well as Kazuhiro Ooide, a fashion producer.
In February 2014, Yoshimoto exhibited his fan art in Paris. He had the first solo exhibition abroad at atomi in Mandarin Gallery, Singapore in the same year. In 2015, he had a solo exhibition at Miyajima’s well-established ryokan “Iwaso”.
He is now an advisor to Adachi Museum in Shimane, Japan, which is known for its beautiful Japanese garden.
Venue: atomi, 333a Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery, #04-26/27 S238897
When: 12 Jul - 12 Aug 2018, 11am - 8pm