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Holy Mountain Trading Company - Spotlight on Ceramic Artist Yoshinori Mizuno

Holy Mountain Trading Company - Spotlight on Ceramic Artist Yoshinori Mizuno

Life of Hajime Okamoto Artist:  Hajime Okamoto
Born:    1942
Place of birth:  Osaka


Hajime Okamoto is an artist with a distinctive and lighthearted style. Born in Osaka, Japan in 1942, he first displayed his art at a Chinese university exhibition in 1986 at the age of 44. Between 1991 Kabamaru by Hajime Okamoto and 1993 he gained popularity in a series of Osaka-based exhibitions. In 1995 he had a fortuitous opportunity to exhibit in a national Japanese gallery after which his career escalated.

Okamoto is famous for his drawings of six different cats, the most memorable of which is Kabamaru, who is always drawn as the largest cat in all of his multi-cat paintings. Kabamaru made his debut in 1998 and a picture book about him was published in 2003.

Okamoto is also renowned for his whimsical screen printed artwork for calendars, which are collector's items.

The following are twelve images from his 2012 Japanese sea creatures calendar, Sakana Saijiki.