Masako Tobita Japanese, b. 1954
‘As the days begin, I pick up a brush, mix some colours and start making the first mark on a canvas - without knowing where it will lead. My work is very much like an autobiography - layers of feeling about the past, the present and the future. I paint instead of writing a diary.
‘For this exhibition, I visited St Ives and the surrounding area in January and March. I really enjoyed walking on the SW Coast Path. My souvenirs from those visits were, the moment when I was looking at 'Cape Cornwall' through the cottage window, the coming and going of the 'Silent Waves - the Cycle of Life' and the moment when I was standing at the bottom of Kenidjack Valley with no one else around.
‘I was born and raised in Japan and gained a BA in Fine Art from Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo. At the time, I was more interested in photography than painting. But after moving to New York, I realised that painting was my main interest. I took a drawing class at The Art Students League and started painting more seriously.
‘Since I moved to England in 1989, I've been exhibiting at various galleries and venues. Also my work is in the BBC “Your Paintings – the UK's publicly-owned oil paintings” project since my work is in Hampshire County Council's collections.'
WINTER SHOW 20199 Nov 2019 - 4 Jan 2020Porthminster Gallery welcomes winter with a mixed exhibition highlighting paintings by gallery artist Masako Tobita , ceramics by Charlotte Jones and Barry Stedman , and exclusive new collections of...
LAYERSNew Paintings by Patrick Haughton and Masako Tobita 20 Oct - 17 Nov 2018A selling show of new paintings by two artists whose works are concerned with layerings of time, space and place: Patrick Haughton Masako Tobita
CORNUCOPIA9 Sep - 9 Nov 2017The award-winning Porthminster Gallery celebrates the rich autumnal bounty of original art with its latest curated selling show in St Ives. A ‘cornucopia’ of delights – a visual feast –...
Tide Lines30 Apr - 25 Jun 2016Featuring stunning new collections of paintings and ceramics inspired by Cornwall's spectacular and atmospheric coastlines by six leading artists: Paintings by Angela Charles, Joanne Last, Kathy Ramsay Carr and Masako...