Hiroshi Tadokoro’s Profile

1936

Born in Nara Prefecture, Japan

1953

Received an award (his first of four) at the annual Nara Prefecture Art Exhibition for an exhibit entitled, “Mine” (Mountain Peak), at the age of seventeen
Received an award at the Kansai Regional Art Exhibition

1954

Graduated from Ouda High School, Nara Prefecture

1958

Graduated from Osaka Municipal Art Institute, specializing in Western Style Painting

Honored with the acceptance (his first of many to follow) of “Aoshima Shoken” (Ao Island Perspective) as an exhibit at the 1st Shin-Nitten (New Japan Fine Arts Exhibition), Japan’s most prestigious national combined arts exhibition—considered to be the largest of its kind in the world

[Note:  The longstanding (circa 1919) pre-World War II, government managed, “Teiten” (Japan Imperial Art Academy) was reorganized into an independent private corporation called “Shin-Nitten” in 1946.  Nitten was again reorganized in 1958 and was reformed into its present expanded structure, “Kaiso-Nitten,” in 1969, developing into the largest and most prestigious national combined arts exhibition of its kind in the world.  Nitten is organized into five departments:  Japanese Style Painting, Western Style Painting, Sculpture, Art Crafts, and Calligraphy.  The great masters of the Modern Japanese Art World are encouraged, developed, and featured along side the new generations of artists in Nitten sponsored exhibitions across Japan.  A screening board decides which art works among thousands submitted are honored with acceptance as official exhibits at the annual Nitten exhibitions.  A panel of judges on the Nitten Selection Committee selects a special group of the higher quality exhibits deserving of the “Tokusen” (Special Commendation Citation).  The judges chose the very best of these candidates to receive honorable recognition as “Hakuju” (Superior Achievement Award) winners.  The judges then identify the top performing artists in each department to receive the highest Nitten honor bestowed upon an artist’s exhibit, the Japanese Prime Minister’s Award.]

Received a Fine Arts Award for an exhibit entitled, “Aoshima No Ikkaku” (A Secluded Corner of Ao Island), at the 11th Nichigessha Art Exhibition

1961

Received a Fine Arts Award for an exhibit entitled, “Mori” (Woods),at the 12th Nichigessha Art Exhibition

1966

Selected to receive the “Tokusen” (Special Commendation Citation) and “Hakuju” (Superior Achievement Award) for the exhibit entitled, “Ajisai No Niwa” (Hydrangea Garden), at the 9th Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition)

1977

Selected to receive "Tokusen" (Special Commendation Citation) for an exhibit entitled, "Kanna" (Cannas), at the 9th Kaiso-Nitten (Reformed Japan Fine Arts Exhibition)

1978

Submitted an exhibit entitled, “Tsubaki” (Camellias), for exhibition in the Yamadane Museum of Art

1979

Commissioned as an “Associate Member” of the Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) Association

1981

Submitted an exhibit for the Next Generation of Japanese Style Paintings Exhibition

1986

Appointed as a judge on the 19th Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) Selection Committee

1988

Commissioned as a full Member of the Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) Association—required winning of at least two “Tokusen” (Special Commendation Citations) to qualify for membership

1989

Appointed as a judge on the 21st Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) Selection Committee

1991

Exhibit entitled, “Shiromokuren” (White Magnolia), is selected for exhibit at the 23rd Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) and is specially chosen for display at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence

1993

Exhibit entitled, “Murooji” (Muroo Temple), is selected for exhibit at the 25th Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) and is specially chosen for display at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence

1994

Presented an exclusive personal exhibition of his collected works entitled, “Furusato Yamatoji” (My Homeland—Japan), at the Sogo Department Store Art Gallery in his hometown of Nara City

1996

Appointed as a judge on the Nisshun Art Exhibition’s Selection Committee (also selected to serve as a judge in 1999 and 2002

1997

Appointed as a judge on the 29th Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) Selection Committee

1998

Appointed to the prestigious Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) Advisory Council
Appointed as a judge on the Nisshun Art Exhibition’s Selection Committee
Submitted “Miwayama” (Mount Miwa) for exhibition at the Manyo Cultural Center in Nara Prefecture

1999

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs purchased five (5) of his paintings for permanent display in their Tokyo headquarters or Japanese Embassies

2002

An exhibit entitled, “Bara” (Roses), won the most prestigious honor bestowed upon an artist’s work, the Japanese Prime Minister’s Award at the 34th Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition)

2003

In commemoration of winning the Prime Minister’s Award, Hiroshi Tadokoro presented an exclusive personal exhibition consisting of an extensive collection of his work at the Ginza Matsuya Department Store Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

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