OK, just do it!
You make your living as an artist.I believe that you have gained a variety of experiences up to now.How do you approach art as a career?
(Tachibana) I believe that making a living through art has a completely different meaning than other types of business. Rather than just doing business, I consider art to be the act of continually inspiring others, not only in the creation of artworks, but also in words, actions, activities, and ideas. I am also in search of “what can be achieved from the perspective of art by communicating myself and my artwork. I believe that the sale of artwork is one of the crystallizations of such activities.
I heard that you decided to become a painter when you were 40 years old. Please tell me how you came to this decision.
(Tachibana) It all started when I met my partner, Hiroko Taki. Both of us have been working for a long time, belonging somewhere as employees of a company, and have a solid foundation in life. We decided to take advantage of that experience and challenge each other to do something new, something we had never done before in our lives. Now Taki is paving the way as a framer, but at the time she was doing something completely different. So, the question was, what would the two of us do together? We decided to do what Taki had always wanted to do, which was to open an “art gallery” (laugh).
We visited various art galleries together and asked for part-time jobs. But, to begin with, we couldn’t find any art galleries in Osaka that could hire staff. So we decided to do it ourselves and formed “Art & Frame Haruki House” to start our art activities.