National Museum of Women in the Arts
Izumi Tokuno
Photograph of Izumi Tokuno, courtesy of the artist
Place of Birth:
Phonetic Spelling:
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Work Type/Media:
Drawings and prints, Multimedia (electronic, digital, video, film)
Artistic Role(s):
Commercial Artist, Computer Artist, Copyist, Graphic Artist, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Multimedia Artist, Web Artist
Artist's Statement:
My expertise could be categorized into four areas: digital printing artist, commercial printing designer, researcher, and educator.

In addition to my background of a Master of Fine Arts degree, I am also specialized in the modern art of the development of abstract digital illustration integrated with color perception and personal expression. I have been a freelance computer graphic designer, digital illustrator, and commercial and industrial product printing designer since 1988. Since 1991, I have worked with several famous digital printing companies to conduct pilot research on advancing printing technology. From 1996 to 2003, I lectured in different universities and internationally well-known companies. I also had the honor to be the judge of three national contests in Japan.

As a digital artist, I have won many national and international prizes. For example, PIXCEL CG, IMAGIN TOKYO, Japan Graphic, OMNI Art, and FISEA/SCCA. The most internationally well-known prize I have won is the Second International Infographic Paris Art 3000, ISEA. It was the biggest annual international computer graphics award and exhibition in Paris, France. In this Second International Infographic Paris, eighty artists were selected from all of the world, and three of them were Japanese. One of my large digital art prints, Bill Gates was selected and donated to the permanent collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Another copy of this artwork was given to Mr. Bill Gates of Microsoft as a gift.

A high school in Japan also collected six of my large-scale artworks, Networks, for their permanent collection. Two of my works were elected and shown by the Japanese Standards Association as a standard sample of the graphic technology of Pre-press for other science technology researchers in the field of high resolution digital data exchange and standard color image data computer graphics. The data has been shown at the International Science Council by an academic society of WG1-SWG1.

As a commercial printing designer, I have designed more than 250 book covers, including textbooks and magazines, as well as all of Spalding’s models of ski boards in the 1994 season, and Erbacher’s 1995 season. I am very proud that I have had the honor of designing the strap for the Personal Handy Phone System (NTT), like a watch, for the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano in 1998. There were about 500 straps, and each one has its own unique printed design. This product was reported on the BBC news.

As a lecturer of multimedia systems, I have taught more than 600 people, including university students and the executive directors of large companies. Some of them won international prizes as excellent students. I was selected as one of the top ten artists in Japan by NEC, who published my work on a personal CD-ROM album. I was also selected into a famous computer graphic artist catalogue in Japan by the publisher of Computer Graphics Anthology, 89 (ten laser discs with the book, Bukensha Publishing) through Digital Image org. Some of my works were selected for the international digital artist catalogue by publishers and editors.

Statement courtesy of Izumi Tokuno

Other Occupation(s):
Educator, Lecturer, Researcher
Place(s) of Residence:
Where Trained/Schools:
Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Judge, NEC Personal Computer Art Festival, Tokyo, Japan (1994) Prize, Second International Infographic Paris Art 3000, Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts, Paris, France (1992) Grand Prize, IMAGIN TOKYO, Tokyo, Japan (1989)
Earliest exhibition:
Digital Image, Tokyo, Japan (1991)