Toko Shinoda (b.1913) was born at a time when higher education for women was not a common practice. She studied calligraphy with her father and then delved into the study of Chinese and Japanese literary texts.
Frequently, lines of classical and contemporary poetry make their way into her work.
Toko-san also considers herself an abstract artist, using calligraphy as a source of inspiration. Her imagination takes flight and the brushstrokes undergo a transformation.
With just a touch of Ming dynasty red, she enlivened the work and a powerful energy emanates from the composition
Her works have been acquired by museums around the globe.
‘I have grown old with ink as a friend.’ – Shinoda
‘The brush pushes me beyond the conventions of calligraphy.’ – Shinodo