Kataoka Tamako



Kataoka Tamako was a Japanese painter of the Showa to the Heisei period. She was born in Hokkaido and, graduated from Joshibi College of Art and Design. Studied under the tutelage of Yoshimura Tadao. In 1921, she learned under Yasuda Yukihiko, a legendary figure who is regarded as one of nihonga's founders. Her works were repeatedly selected for the Nihon Bijutsuin-ten and, as such, she was prestigiously appointed Inyu, the official member of the Nihon Bijutsuin. Following this, she became a professor at Joshibi College of Art and Design and the Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts. With its unconventional composition and use of bold colours, her works are renowned for their powerful aesthetic and its ensuing impact on the normalized conventions of Japanese painting. She was awarded the Order of Culture, a highly prestegious award conferred by the Japanese emperor.