Painter, sculptor, teacher, and internationally renowned fountain designer from the Pacific Northwest

“For me, 1960 or thereabouts was a time to take another look at the philosophy and art of the Orient—particularly Japanese art—that I had become familiar with in my youth. Through my travels and my studies of traditional Japanese arts I was able to reaffirm my conviction in the Oriental view of nature which sees man as one part of nature, a part that must live in harmony with the rest of nature.

From 1960 on, I attempted to express this relationship between man and nature in my works. My sumi-e drawings are a direct response to nature; my fountain sculptures are an attempt to unify water—the life force of the universe that flows in an elusive cyclical course throughout eternity—with an immutable metal sculpture.”

George Tsutakawa
“A Personal Statement,” George Tsutakawa, Pacific Northwest Artists and Japan, Exhibition catalogue,The National Museum of Art, Osaka, 1982

The legacy of Pacific Northwest artist George Tsutakawa (1910-1997) is remembered by not only his permanent bronze sculptures and dramatic paintings, but his positive humanistic outlook. Professor Tsutakawa brought together his childhood training in Japan and Japanese cultural heritage with an independent American loyalty and outlook.

We welcome you to learn more about artist George Tsutakawa and his broad body of art accomplishments in the United States, Japan and Canada.

– The Family and Estate of George Tsutakawa