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Toko Shinoda : Lithographs (Prints)

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In an interview in the 1960s, artist Toko Shinoda said it was both wonderful and terrible to be driven by something inside. She quoted Japan’s woodblock print artist Hokusai. “I know what he meant when he said that at 75 he could understand a little. If he lived to be 90 he would understand more. And if he could live to be 120, then maybe he could understand.” Toko Shinoda

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‘Brief Note’
lithograph
15 x 11″
1990

‘Snow’
lithograph
15-3/4″ x 11-1/4″
1983

‘An Ode’
lithograph
15 x 11″
1988

‘Rihaku’
lithograph
15 x 11″
1990

‘Nocturne’
lithograph
15 x 11″
1990

‘Winter Green B’
lithograph
15 x 11″
1990

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Sometimes, in suggestions of the gentleness of her own nature, she used fragile wisps of brushes for her delicate work. Sometimes, acknowledging her certainty and inner strength, in both hands she wielded heavy mops of brushes made from special strands of sheep’s wool. Sometimes she used paper that was made by hand 300 years ago. She gave two sources for the force that drove her, “My family environment, and something in my own heart.” [Extract : The Japan Times]

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Toko Shinoda : Castle Fine Arts

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