Born in Tokyo, Hiroko Imada studied at the Tokyo Zokei University and later at the Slade School of Fine Art (University College London). Her degree show in 1992 caught the attention of The Times art critic David Cohen, who described her work as ‘heralding an impressive new talent’. In 1992, Imada was awarded the British Council Fellowship for her achievements at the Slade. She is now based in London.
From her early youth, Imada’s favoured subjects have been both ‘Nature’ and ‘Dance and Movement’, and although she likes to work in various different media such as printmaking, painting, and site specific installation, it is possible find a strong sense of continuity running through all her works.
She has exhibited throughout Europe and Japan, and a number of her exhibitions have been featured at Japan-related events and in the official magazine of the Embassy of Japan. Her solo exhibition in 2013 at the Riverside Studios Gallery in London, for example, was part of the ‘Japan 400’ event which celebrated the 400th anniversary of Japanese-British relations. Her most recent solo exhibition in 2015 was produced by the Children’s Art Centre Pessi, in Vantaa, Finland and broadcast by Yle TV News. Her print works have been featured in the prestigious Saatchi Art Online collection. Her recent works celected to exhibit at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016.
In 2015 she was commissioned by the British luxury phone manufacturer Vertu to produce an art work for their new phone Aster Yosegi Wood (made in a limited edition of 50). The whole process of creation was filmed and used for the advertising campaign.
Imada also specialises in teaching Japanese woodblock printing, papermaking, folded screen making, and hanging scroll making. In 2000 she established a Japanese woodblock printing course at the British Museum, and has taught it regularly since then. She runs workshops at the UCL Art Museum on a frequent basis, and has taught Japanese art related workshops at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin each year since 2008.
Imada has works in the collections of the Vantaa Art Museum, Finland; the Youth Foundation, Oporto, Portugal; the British School in Rome, Italy; Berlin City Library, Germany; Children and Youth Art Library, Germany; Central Japan Railway Company, Japan; Tokyo Electric Power Company; Nisshinbo Trade Union, Japan; University College London, UK; Telehouse London, UK; as well as many other public and private collections.
Selected Media Coveradge - Newspapers & Magazines
5 May 1992 The Times, Saturday Review
Mar 1994 Insight Japan. Portfolio
15 Dec 2001 Independent, The Informaiton
Sep 2011 Saatchi Art Online (Art We Love This Week)
28 Apr 2012 Vantaan Sanomat
18 Mar 2013 Metro (Life & Style, Exhibition, 43 page)
21 Mar 2013 Diverse Japan (Art Exhibition Review)
23 Sep 2015 Yle News Online, Finland http://yle.fi/uutiset/artist_puts_j...
Oct 2015 Saatchi Art Online (Spotlight on London for Frieze Week Collection)
Jun 2016 Saatchi Art Online (Saatchi Art Artists at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016)
24 May 1995 West Country News, West Country TV
19 Nov 1998 BBC News, BBC1
9 Nov 2001 North East Today, Tyne Tees Television
Nov 2001 BBC News, BBC1
23 Sep 2015 Yle News, Finland