"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 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
Tsutakawa was born in Seattle in 1910 and spent his teenage years living in Japan. In 1932 he studied as an art major at the University of Washington with sculptors Dudley Pratt and Alexander Archipenko.
George Tsutakawa’s works blend Easten and Westen cultural influences in both design and subject, though he hoped to ultimately transcend specific cultural references. Both organic and abstract, his works suggest living forms. With many of his smaller sculptures, the composition centers around an open space and evokes both figurative and totemic shapes.
As a sculptor and painter, George Tsutakawa is best known for sixty some public fountains he created that have been installed in North America and Japan including "Fountain of Wisdom" designed for the plaza of the main library in downtown Seattle in 1958.
"A Review of Reflection and Abstraction: George Tsutakawa Centennial", A review by Nagisa Leonard for the International Examiner
"An Exhibit Brings Together Tsutakawas Past and Present", An article by Ronald Holden for Crosscut.com
"Review: Tsutakawas' Compelling Works Are Shown Together in Seattle Exhibition", A review by Gaile Clemens in the Seattle Times
"George Tsutakawa, 1947" An essay from the University of Washington research showcase, 1997