“I was born in Japan and worked over 30 years as A Film Director & Producer.I retired and migrated to Australia in 1990, then I began to draw oil paintings.I like to paint portraits very realistically. I try to draw the life of the person who is in the canvas. I try to draw the of the person’ s personality, sadness and anger. I understand my personality well when I draw a self-portrait myself. I think I‘m a difficult and angrier. I would like to draw such characteristics and feelings, which may not in a photograph in the picture.
I like to paint Kabuki, too. Kabuki is well known as the major traditional dancing entertainment in Japan. I also try to draw the backgrounds of the kabuki actor who is acting and dancing. I would like to draw the actor’s feelings like bravery, tragedy, sorrow, charm and grace.”
(2005 Yoshio Koaze speaking)
1932 Born in NAKATSU-City OITA-prefecture, JAPAN.
1961 Graduated from Department of Fine Art “Nihon University”.
1961-1964 Worked for ”NIKKATU-MOVIE STUDIO” as A Production Manager.
1970-1984 Worked for ”HORI-PRODUCTION” as A Film Director & Producer.
1980 Awarded ”The Best Visual Art Prize” by The MINISTRY of CULTURAL AFFAIRS of Japan.
1984-1989 Freelance Director & Writer of The Movie.
1990 Migrated to Australia.
1996 Wife & Husband joint Exhibition ”East & WEST – Japanese touch & PERTH LANDSCAPE” at Hyogo Prefecture Cultural Centre, Perth, Western Australia.
1996 Exhibited ”Visual Art Exhibition Celebrating Friendship” under The auspices of The Consulate General of Japan.
1997 Received ”highly Commended” Award at HARVEY Art Exhibition.
2000 Received ”highly Commended” at Canning Art Award.
2000 Received First Prize & Most Popular Entry Prize at COOLGARDIE Day Art Prize & Exhibition.
2001 Wife & Husband joint Exhibition ”SILENCE & ACTION” at Atwell Gallery, Perth, Western Australia.
2005 Wife & Husband joint Exhibition “THE WORLD OF SUPER-REALISM” at Japan Foundation Gallery, Sydney.
“I have been painting since I was 4 years old in Japan. After growing and overcoming much suffering and difficulties in my past, now I have found that my faith and painting as my life’s work were the only means which led me to my present happiness.
The Unicorn is another image of myself as a symbol. It’s also like the sun in my life, which is shinning and sharing its brilliant light with not only my but also others. The picture with the name of “Unicorn” is a representative work of mine.
I have presided over Studio ULULU for 25 years in Japan and more than 20 years in Australia.“