Katsu Nakajima

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Katsu Nakajima

Japan

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Katsu Nakajima was born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. In 1973, he enrolled in Kyoto’s Doshisha University (founded 144 years ago), where he spent 4 years studying chemical engineering at the Faculty of Science and Engineering before graduating with an engineering qualification. After graduation from university, however, he changed direction and pursued a career in the world of artistic advertisement design. He was firmly resolved to become active in the world of advertisement poster production and image-based expression. Thereafter, he worked at Nippon Design Center, a Tokyo-based advertisement production company that turned out many excellent designers. In his activities as an art director, Nakajima has won many advertising awards, including the Minister’s Award, prizes in the Mainichi Advertisement Design Competition in Japan, and in the Poster Contest at the Czech Republic’s International Biennial of Graphic Design in Brno overseas. In 1988, he founded his own advertisement production company, ISAAC Co., Ltd, and took part as Art Director and CEO until 2009. Around 2008, realizing that his mission in life was to become an artist, he started producing oil paintings while learning the basics of drawing at a painting academy. His thoughts when first handling oil paints were as follows: "I was struck by the mysterious sense that I had been painting with oil since a long time ago, and there was no sense of unease at all." In his first year, he won three painting prizes in Japan, and in 2016, he won the Prime Minister’s Award, the highest prize at the 94th Hakujitsu Fine Art Association Exhibition. Also around that time, he twice won the special prize at NITTEN (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition), Japan’s largest integrated art exhibition, with a history of more than 100 years), and this impetus led him to win the Bouguereau Award at the 13th International ARC Salon Competition in 2018. Today, he runs a small academy at his studio in Chiba Prefecture, which focuses on realistic painting.

Career / Award history ◆2019 ARC Foundation purchases and holds “Woman in the Forest”. ◆2019 Approved and registered as ARC Living Master. ◆2018 Selected for the cover of the Artelibre Arte y Libertad XIII Almanac in Spain. "A Bouquet for Tomorrow" S120 ◆2018 13th International ARC Salon Competition (USA) - William Bouguereau Award “Woman in the Forest”. ◆2017 12th / International ARC Salon Competition (USA) / Honorable Mention Award - Figurative Category -Landscape Category, ◆2017 93rd / HAKUJITSU Exhibition(JAPAN)- Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Art Foundation Prize Award, ◆2017 4th / International ModPortrait Competition (SPAIN)- 50 world selections, ◆2017 109th /Japan Fine Arts Exhibition (NITTEN) - Special Prize Award (Second time), ◆2016 92nd /HAKUJITSU Exhibition(JAPAN)- Prime Minister's Award, ◆2015 11th / International ARC Salon Competition (USA)-Third Place Award- Figurative Category/Honorable Mention Award - Figurative Category-Landscape Category, ◆2014 106th /Japan Fine Arts Exhibition (NITTEN) - Special Prize Award (First time), ◆2013 Sompo Japan Art Prize FACE Exhibition -Winning, ◆2008 37th / The Current Art Competition(JAPAN)- Scenic Beauty Prize Award, ◆2008 4th / World Painting Awards Exhibition (JAPAN) - Matsuda Prize Award, ◆2008 2nd Art Center Memorial Painting Competition (JAPAN) - Silver Award ,

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