Namiko Chan Takahashi has been painting since she was 6 years old. She has garnered national and regional accolades during her art career. She holds a Master of Arts in Contemporary Practice, in addition to a law degree and a post-graduate Diploma in Education.
Namiko is one of a select few Singaporean artists to have trained at the prestigious Art Students League of New York (1999-2002). She studied under prominent artists such as Mary Beth McKenzie, Daniel Greene and Harvey Dinnerstein.
In 2001, and while still based in New York City, Namiko held her first solo exhibition My Life as an Artist in Singapore, featuring 30 abstracts and landscapes. She followed this up with four more solo exhibitions within the decade. At her solo exhibition Parables, the Chairman of the Singapore Art Museum Mr Koh Seow Chuan opened the viewing by praising Chan as a “serious artist” of high calibre. The show was critically acclaimed and also received a private viewing by President SR Nathan.
In 2006 Namiko won the UOB Painting of the Year award with a nude portrait entitled “Charisse”. A panel of international judges including Mr. Kwok Kian Chow, (Director of the Singapore Museum) noted that it was “a truly powerful work… with a masterly handling of colour, composition and tone”. It was unanimously selected as the grand prize winner out of 1,400 submissions by nearly 1,000 established and emerging artists.
Namiko is a committed women’s and animals rights supporter, and uses her art to raise funds for organisations that further these causes. She is also a highly regarded art educator, having personally inspired several generations of students with her passion for art. She is an inter-disciplinary artist who dances and sings, and is the principal of School of Hawaiian Hula Ka Pā Hula Ka Lei Maile Hi'ilani, Singapore's first official Hawaiian Hula dance school. She is convinced that one form of creativity leads naturally into another, enhancing both at all levels of skill.
Namiko can be described as a contemporary realist specialising in portraiture, especially nudes. She uses traditional techniques of painting and works mainly with oil on linen. The themes she grapples with are both universal and contemporary, such as the human condition and the challenges faced in the modern age by women.
Namiko’s work hangs in private and public collections including the Istana, the United Overseas Bank, Sentosa Golf Club and the soon-to-be-opened National Art Gallery of Singapore.