Acrylic on canvas (45 x 57cm)
Summer Heat (Emotion)
Acrylic on canvas (62 x 78cm)
Acrylic on canvas (90 x 90cm)
Acrylic on board (87cm x 60cm in frame)
Abstract Flowers Floating In The Dark Sky
Acrylic on canvas (56cm x 45cm)
Colours In The Darkness
Oil on canvas board (25cm x 25cm)
Under The Same Sky
Acrylic on canvas (60cm x 80cm)
Palimpsest II - Page 174 of SPEECH!
Acrylic on canvas (80cm x 80cm)
Collage on board (40cm x 40cm)
Collage (52cm x 42.5cm)
Collage (52cm x 42.5cm)
Flow Of Chi
Oil on canvas board (59cm x 84cm)
Lost In Translation
Collage and acrylic on canvas (56cm x 45cm)
Life Goes On
Collage and acrylic on wooden board (61cm x 46cm)
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.
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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.