Toko Shinoda is a leading Japanese avant-garde painter who just turned 104. For over seventy years she has kept on creating bold, evocative art which speak from her heart.
Picture above is of a 2005 painting by Toko-san. Black strokes and audacious reds juxtapose against graceful, subtle hues. The brushwork seems quick, yet full of purpose and resolve. Like all her works, it is vivid and daring.
Born in 1913, Toko-san studied Japanese traditional calligraphy and waka poetry at a young age. Her classical sumi-ink paintings were on exhibition by the time she was in her mid twenties.
By mid-1940’s Toko-san had discovered the power and freedom of modern art and began producing avant-garde works with a new-found fusion of Japanese traditional brushwork and abstract expressionism.
This remarkable lady is considered equivalent to such painters as Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso, and her works are exhibited in leading museums and galleries all over the world.
At 104, her mind is as sharp as ever and her hands keep on creating masterpieces. This year, she will be exhibiting about fifty of her works in Musee Tomo in downtown Tokyo till May 29th.
Toko-san has always said her works are from her heart. The raw, confident beauty of her bold strokes say if it comes from the heart, it has to be right.
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