Phantasmagoria

Phantasmagoria

Acrylic on canvas (45 x 57cm)

Summer Heat (Emotion)

Summer Heat (Emotion)

Acrylic on canvas (62 x 78cm)

Cityscape (Contamination)

Cityscape (Contamination)

Acrylic on canvas (90 x 90cm)

Sapient

Sapient

Acrylic on board (87cm x 60cm in frame)

Abstract Flowers Floating In The Dark Sky

Abstract Flowers Floating In The Dark Sky

Acrylic on canvas (56cm x 45cm)

Colours In The Darkness

Colours In The Darkness

Oil on canvas board (25cm x 25cm)

Under The Same Sky

Under The Same Sky

Acrylic on canvas (60cm x 80cm)

Palimpsest II - Page 174 of SPEECH!

Palimpsest II - Page 174 of SPEECH!

Acrylic on canvas (80cm x 80cm)

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Collage on board (40cm x 40cm)

Theatre

Theatre

Collage (52cm x 42.5cm)

Flower Bomb

Flower Bomb

Collage (52cm x 42.5cm)

Flow Of Chi

Flow Of Chi

Oil on canvas board (59cm x 84cm)

Lost In Translation

Lost In Translation

Collage and acrylic on canvas (56cm x 45cm)

Life Goes On

Life Goes On

Collage and acrylic on wooden board (61cm x 46cm)

 

ECLECTICA

Tina Takako comes from an artistic family with deep roots in the ancient island kingdom of Okinawa, in the very south of Japan. Her doctor father was a keen amateur painter, her mother a renowned teacher of ikebana and calligraphy, and her elder sister is a successful artist who has won a number of national awards in Japan. But Tina was to forge her own path. Rebelling against the strict patriarchal atmosphere of a traditional Japanese home, at the age of 20 she ran away to Tokyo where she supported herself while studying French in the evenings at the prestigious Athene Français and painting with the artist Taka Yamaguchi at his Tokyo studio at weekends.

Together with her husband Simon, a British translator and interpreter she met in Tokyo, she eventually left Japan in 1986 to travel through China and the US on an intensive 8-month trip to explore the roots of their shared East-West culture, an experience that remains an inspiration in her work. The couple then settled in London, and over the next two decades Tina enthusiastically applied her artistic talent to creating eclectic and inspiring interiors for the homes where they raised their two children – a practical skill she went on to refine through a study program at the KLC School of Design in Chelsea. 

Her work as a painter reflects her eclectic choices as a designer, drawing its inspiration from a fascination with faces and the elements common to human expression in all cultures and ages. She particularly likes to re-imagine iconic images in new settings, challenging conventional assumptions by placing classical portraits against vibrant new backgrounds and famous subjects in unexpectedly abstract environments that subtly alter the way we look at them. Her subjects are diverse yet personal, figurative yet abstract, familiar identities given new life and context. 

 

ENQUIRIES

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If you are interested in commissioning a portrait, please email me a photo and an indication of the size you would like it to be. I can then quote you a price and we can discuss the style and any other requirements. For reference, an A4 size portrait starts at £200.

E: tina@prentis.net

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