Tarot cards use a series of emblems primarily from 15th century Italian sources, so was unknown in Japan until the late 1960's. Japanese artists, however, were intrigued by its imagery, embraced it and made it their own. Since the 1970s well over 500 tarots have been created in Japan. Adam McLean has built a unique collection of 420 of these Japanese tarots and was invited to exhibit some of these at the Glasgow School of Art in April 2009, curated by Ronnie Heeps.
In this exhibition we showed many of the panels from the GSA exhibition. They document the emergence of different styles during the last forty years, from creating images mimicking established European art genres, through to the now ubiquitious manga art.