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Celebrating Takase Studios 20th Anniversary
The Art of Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase
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About the Artist

Eri TakaseBorn and raised in Osaka Japan, Eri Takase trained in traditional Japanese calligraphy since the age of six devoting much of her life to the art. After winning multiple best of category awards in all Japan national competitions and having had her work displayed in the Osaka Museum of Art, in 1989 Master Calligrapher Eri Takase was awarded the rank of shihan, the highest rank in Japanese Calligraphy, by the Bokuteki-kai which is one of Japan's most prestigious calligraphic societies. This special rank bestowed many privileges including the right for her to develop her own original calligraphic style and to open her own school to teach this style. Master Takase's unique calligraphic style is easily recognizable and has been described as refined and cultured. To view some of this award winning art, please visit Traditional Japanese Calligraphy

Since 1995 Master Takase has been living and working in the United States and after having spent many years in the beautiful states of Virginia, Florida and Hawaii has settled into a small studio in the state of Washington. Here Master Takase is continuing to devote herself to adapting the art of Japanese Calligraphy to new mediums and methods. Master Takase was once quoted as saying "Japanese Calligraphy is too beautiful a bird to be locked in the cage of tradition". Though, to not be misunderstood, is quick to add the saying "onko chishin" (respect the old, then create the new). In this fashion she has worked with mixed media and Western style framing, acrylics and modern works using watercolors and Western paper. And the results are breathtaking.

Master Takase's work has sold all over the world and you may have seen it in a product, ad campaign, in a book or movie or even on TV or in your local dojo. With that said Master Takase's passion is creating meaningful and personal works of art. And if you are looking for a custom piece we would be delighted to work with you.

Master Japanese Calligrapher, or more properly, Shihan Eri Takase has been living and working in the United States since 1995. Her work has sold all over the world as custom art for individuals, on commercial products, in books, magazines, and in film. Her style of traditional Japanese calligraphy has been described as refined and cultured. After a lifetime study of traditional calligraphy in Japan, Master Takase has devoted herself to adapting the art of Japanese Calligraphy to new mediums and methods and the results are breathtaking.

In 1989, Master Calligrapher Eri Takase was awarded the highest rank in Japanese Calligraphy, of Shihan. As a member of Japan's most prestigious calligraphic society, the Bokuteki-kai, Eri Takase is among the few to have won multiple best of category awards in national competitions and her work has been displayed in the Osaka Museum of Art. To view some of this award winning art, please visit Traditional Japanese Calligraphy

In 1997 Master Takase founded her own school Takase Shodokai. Along with formal classes Master Takase also developed a series of learning CD's. For more information see Learn Japanese Calligraphy.

Now living and working in the United States Master Takase's beautiful artwork sells all over the world as fine art, custom art for individuals, and as commercial art in products, print, and film.

Making Japanese Calligraphy approachable to an international audience is one of Master Takase's major goals and as you browse through this website perhaps you will agree that she has made tremendous strides.

Specializing in Fine Japanese Calligraphy, Artist and Master Calligrapher Eri Takase has a style that is refined and elegant. Her work has sold all over the world as fine art, custom art for individuals, and as commercial products in print and in film. After a lifetime study of traditional Japanese calligraphy, Master Takase has devoted herself to adapting her art to new mediums and methods and the results are breathtaking.

Focusing primarily on original works in Fine Art, Ms. Takase has also created a demand for her designs in commercial applications. For more about her commercial artwork please visit Graphic Design and Commercial Art.

Born and raised in Osaka Japan, Ms. Takase trained in traditional Japanese calligraphy since the age of six devoting much of her life to the art. In 1989, Master Takase was awarded the rank of Shihan (or Master) in Japan's most prestigious calligraphic societies, the Bokuteki-kai and Bunka-shodo. In 1997 Master Takase founded her own school Takase Shodokai. Along with formal classes Master Takase also developed a series of learning CD's. For more information see Learn Japanese Calligraphy.

Master Takase is among the few to have won several best of category awards in national competitions and her work has been displayed in the Osaka Museum of Arts. To view this award winning art, please visit Traditional Japanese Calligraphy

In 1995, Master Takase moved to the United States and began transforming her art. Often quoted as saying, "Japanese Calligraphy is too beautiful a bird to be locked in the cage of a thousand years of tradition." She is also quick to add that the truly new comes from a respect and appreciation for what has come before. And so classically trained Ms. Takase's favorite expression is onkochishin (shown on the left) or "Respect the past, create the new."

This strong background in the classic art is apparent in all she does. From traditional works to modern designs one sees both the hand of the master and the vision of the artist.

In 1998 Master Takase won positions in juried art shows including the prestigious 57th Street Art Fair in Chicago and Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in Tampa. But much more comfortable in the studio Ms. Takase gave up the life of the journey artist for the hectic serenity of the studio.

Along with her art she has been a columnist in several magazines including Martial Arts Insider Magazine and Kampsport.

For the last five years, Master Takase has been publishing and producing a full range of instructional materials on Japanese Calligraphy with her unique Learn Japanese Calligraphy.

Making Japanese Calligraphy approachable to the international audience is one of her major goals and as you browse through this website perhaps you will agree that she has made tremendous strides.

 


Dear Eri Takase San,

Only yesterday I returned to my home in Sag Harbor and opened the calligraphy pieces you did for me last year. They are splendid and I thank you for them. They will hang in my workplace, which is a small building paneled with cedar.

You might be interested to know that a principal character in my movie being filmed this Fall is named Lady Murasaki. She is the Japanese wife of a great French artist and is a good calligrapher. Gong Li will play the part in the movie.

I hope this finds you well and happy and thank you again for the beautiful pieces.

Sincerely,
Thomas Harris

Author, Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon


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