Artist of the moment…………Roger Shimomura

 

Roger Shimomura has something in common with previous post Mine Okuba, Roger Shimomura also spent time as a detainee in a Japanese American interment camp. In other works Shimomura paints in a Pop art manner. Cartoony, but not as modernist as manga art.

Price range information: The artist produces silkscreen prints and also original art painted in acrylics. No price information available.

Below a link to the website of artist Roger Shimomura:

http://www.rshim.com/

Roger Shimomura was born in Seattle, Washington in the year 1939. Shimomura attended the University of Washington where he earned a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn an MFA from Syracuse University.

In this clip we view the show where I first saw Roger Shimomura’s work, at the Missoula, Montana Art Museum. Works and an interview are shown here:

The artist has worked as part an professor of art and the University of Kansas located in Lawrence, Kansas. He taught from 1969 until 2004.

I think its great that this artist and Mine Okubo have done wonderful paintings on feelings they experienced as a child. Even though its a tough and difficult subject matter, as the artist said himself, we can’t just erase the experience from our memories.

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