Special Exhibition at Japanese Salon

Toko Shinoda

105th Birthday Exhibition

25 March - 3 June 2018


Japanese Salon is pleased to announce a special birthday exhibition of Toko Shinoda, internationally acclaimed Japanese female artist, turning 105 years old in March this year.

The official opening reception takes place on Sunday 25th March, 15:00-17:00.


This exhibition is curated from one of the world's most remarkable private collections, illustrating her iconic style of merging traditional Japanese calligraphy into modern abstract form.

Toko Shinoda   Photo Credit: The Tolman Collection
Toko Shinoda Photo Credit: The Tolman Collection

Toko Shinoda (篠田 桃紅 Shinoda Tōkō, born March 28, 1913) 


Shinoda started calligraphy from the age of six and mastered the traditional form of calligraphy. She further developed her calligraphy onto abstract paintings in sumi in her 30’s.   She visited the US from 1956 – 1958 where she was deeply inspired by the abstract form, such as the works by Jackson Pollock. She was warmly welcomed in the New York art scene and exhibited her works during her stay. There she made her name among the abstract expressionist movement.


Since her return to Japan, she has been pursuing her own style, without belonging to any of the groups.









Shinoda’s paintings are striking abstract compositions that are characterized by bold and powerful brush strokes, often combined with elegant calligraphic additions. Shinoda primarily works with sumi ink and cinnabar on gold or silver ground on Japanese paper. Her lithographs demonstrate her mastery of the medium and are unique in that each print receives a few individually added finishing brush strokes.

Although deeply rooted in Japanese traditions, Shinoda’s works retain a timeless and universal appeal as they speak the international language of human artistic expression.    

Fountain of Gold by Toko Shinoda, Photo Credit : The Tolman Collection
Fountain of Gold by Toko Shinoda, Photo Credit : The Tolman Collection



Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, NY, Metropolitan Museum in New York, NY, National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Japan, British Museum in London, UK, Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL, Smithsonian Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., Singapore Art Museum in Singapore, National Museum of Singapore in Singapore, Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Netherlands, Brooklyn Museum in New York, NY, Albright–Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, Cincinnati Art Museum in Cincinnati, OH, and Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, CT.


"Vantage" by Toko Shinoda.    Photo credit: The Tolman Collection
"Vantage" by Toko Shinoda. Photo credit: The Tolman Collection




For more information or to schedule a private viewing or interview,

please contact Azumi Uchitani at +31(0)6 50 69 38 87 or  email to office@japanesesalon.nl

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with a touch of love and light." - Azumi