Tina Takako Prentis

Studio 29

This studio is open 14-16 June 2024

18 merton avenue
W4 1TA

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Painting, mixed media, collage.

My mixed heritage (I’m from Japan, but have lived here in the UK for much of my life) has made me very interested in how culture shapes artistic taste. I love colour, and enjoy abstract painting because it allows me to express my emotions freely and directly. As an exploration of my inner self, I can follow the accident and find new shapes and forms that challenge conventional expectations. It’s also great fun!

Feast of Red
Acrylic on Canvas 121cm x 91cm


Soft Cell
Acrylic on canvas 56cm x 66cm


Inner View
Acrylic on Canvas 66cm x 87cm


Cosmic Dance
Acrylic on Canvas 65cm x 85cm


Freedom of Form and Colour
Acrylic on Canvas 56cm x 67cm


Rain III
Acrylic on Canvas 49cm x 59cm


Acrylic on Canvas 69cm x 59cm


Speak Out
Collage on board 52cm x 52cm
Floating frame


Under The Sea
Acrylic on Canvas 47cm x 57cm


Collage on board 42cm x 52cm


Oil on aluminium 26cm x 36cm


Sweet Dreams
Collage on board 42cm x 42cm


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Studio information

The studio is on the ground floor.

The studio is at the back of our house at 18 Merton Avenue, about half-way down the road on the right-hand side. Access is via the alley at the side of the house on the right, with a door and a step down into the patio garden. 

Tina Takako comes from an artistic family with deep roots in the ancient island kingdom of Okinawa, in the very south of Japan. Her doctor father was a keen amateur painter, her mother a renowned teacher of ikebana and calligraphy, and her elder sister is a successful artist who has won a number of national awards in Japan. But Tina was to forge her own path. Rebelling against the strict patriarchal atmosphere of a traditional Japanese home, at the age of 20 she ran away to Tokyo where she supported herself while studying French in the evenings at the prestigious Athene Français and painting with the artist Taka Yamaguchi at his Tokyo studio at weekends.
Together with her husband Simon, a British translator and interpreter she met in Tokyo, she left Japan in 1986 to travel through China and the US on an intensive 8-month trip to explore the roots of their shared East-West culture, an experience that remains an inspiration in her work. The couple then settled in London, and over the next two decades Tina enthusiastically applied her artistic talent to creating eclectic and inspiring interiors for the homes where they raised their two children – a practical skill she went on to refine through a study program at the KLC School of Design in Chelsea. With her children grown up, she is now able to devote more time to her original love of painting - and as her repertoire grows, she finds she particulary enjoys creating bold, emotionally powerful combinations of colour and form in a style she describes as 'Figurative Abstract'. 

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