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Small Forest by Atsuko | Whispered Black Exhibition

Small Forest, a winery, cellar door and gallery in the Upper Hunter region, will be hosting “Whispered Black”, an exhibition of work by Tomoko Oka, a Japanese calligraphy artist based around Sydney and the Central Coast.  

Tomoko practised calligraphy from the age of ten. She focused not on a single style, but practised many established styles, as well as developing her own unique forms, and abstract works. In Japan, her calligraphy is used at restaurants, accommodation, and on various products, such as sake labels.

Since moving to Australia, she has conducted calligraphy workshops in schools and various venues in Sydney, the Central Coast and Melbourne, as well as giving demonstrations at karate dojos and at marketing events for private companies, and performing large scale performances with a 1m brush. Her calligraphy and art were used in advertisements for Japan Airline (JAL) and Opera Australia in 2018.

Tomoko’s great joy is to share Japanese culture through her passion for calligraphy and the beauty of the Japanese aesthetic. She loves talking to people about this unique art-form, and never fails in engaging her students or audience in her own love for the act and art of calligraphy.

Her most recent work is inspired by the abstract form, merging traditional calligraphy, sumi (calligraphy ink) painting, and modern abstract expressionism.

Small Forest is run by winemaker Atsuko Radcliffe, who has over 30 years of experience in wine-making. Atsuko was also the first female winemaker in Japan, and is the only Japanese winemaker to establish a wine brand in Australia.

Photo: Duality With Flowers 01. Image courtesy of Small Forest.

Media release courtesy of Small Forest.

For more information, contact Arts Upper Hunter on (02) 6541 4776