Edward Takeo Terada

Theme/Style – California Modernism

Media – Oils, murals, watercolors, sculptures, lithography, block printing, etching

Artistic Focus – Born in Japan, the multi-talented Edward Takeo Terada moved to California in 1922 to study at the University of California, Berkeley, and then the California School of Fine Arts, before returning to Japan in the 1930s. He enjoyed a lifelong career that incorporated painting, teaching and writing.

Career Highlights –

• While attending the California School of Fine Arts, he studied under Otis Oldfield and graduated in 1932.
• In 1934, he was asked to serve as one of the Coit Tower muralists. Terada’s mural at Coit Tower focused on sports in California, and featured golf and polo players in poses suggestive of artwork on Persian miniatures. His highly stylized renderings were extremely pleasing, with their graceful sense of visual flow and their rounded and natural treatment of muscles on both men and horses. Terada’s use of varied terra cotta shades in the Coit Tower mural was reminiscent of colors used in fine pottery.
• Returning to Japan in 1935, Terada settled in Tokyo, where he continued his study of art under Sekido Yoshida.