Japanese America Artist

JapaneseAmerica Artist

JapaneseAmerica Artist

Japaneseart consists of a broad range of media and styles includingarchitecture, music, drama, calligraphy, ancient pottery, inkpainting on paper and silk, ceramics, literature, oil painting, andsculpture in wood and bronze. Japanese artistry was supported andmaintained for many centuries via a series of imperial courts as wellas noble clans. Sustenance of the art was progressive, and it spreadto other countries. Up until industrialization and urbanization, theart was predominant within the country. The antiquity of Japanese artstarts with the making of ceramics done by initial residents back inthe 10th millennium B.C.E. The first compound art is related to theBuddhism during the 7th and 8th centuries. In this paper, an in-depthanalysis of the Japanese American artist will be provided a means toascertain whether it attains the purpose of art. As such, it willdiscuss whether the work touches the emotional and aesthetic leveland whether culture influences it. Apart from that, it provides myrationale on whether the approach taken will be the same as mine.

Asillustrated above, Japanese artistry was maintained for many yearsthrough noble clans and imperial courts. However, this movementinstigated a popular market. Both secular and religious, artisticsocieties were advanced. Nevertheless, the secular artistry wasinfused with Confucian and Buddhist ideologies, especially the Zenmodel that all the features of the material globe are a portion of anencompassing whole.

RogerShimomura’s artworks are quite enticing. His theater pieces andprints focused on socio-political matters of the Asian America.Concentrated in sparkling pop artistic flair, Shimomura’s paintingsconstitute of various messages on stereotypes and racism, generatingconversation on Asian American personalities and experiences. Born inSeattle, the artist has managed to attract a significant audience ashis works continue to entice many. As a multifaceted artist,Shimomura is also popular in the film industry, music, andperformance art. His popularity can be evidenced in the number ofinstitutions he has lectured, that is, more than 200 universities. Hehas also held over 125 solo exhibitions within the United States.Apart from that, the artist has a collection of awards and academichonors all related to art [ CITATION Kur95 l 1033 ].

RogerShimomura`s artwork is an aesthetic and political relation oftraditional Japan and modern America. He manages to develop anintricate layering of graphic data as well as social observation byutilizing both cultures. As his prints and paintings and areconstrued and decrypted by the viewers, Shimomura`s twisted intentsare exposed in an imperceptibly political manner. For instance, thepicture of Superman being equestrian by a geisha, offers aconfrontational prevue at the concept of miscegenation [ CITATION Tag15 l 1033 ].

Warhol`sLiz has an affair with a plump, green-skinned Japanese male. In theimage, venerated Japanese women and men from the woodblock prints arematched with the females and males from the western cultures filmsand cartoons. The gridded screen portions built from wood and ricepaper permits the figures to be illustrated in shadow or sometimesrelayed as a peep show. Shimomura shows a procession of cartoonfeatures, artifacts from Japanese past, Ukiyo-e figures, and Westernnational symbols [ CITATION Tag15 l 1033 ].

Allthe artists have means of developing art. Most of them deriveartistry from their personal experiences and lifestyles. As such,Shimomura used his skill to create art. In that regard, most of hispaintings and writings revolve around his experience. Though born inAmerica, he went through a rough period when Japan and the UnitedStates were fighting during World War II. In that era, most of theJapanese residing in the U.S. were regarded as spies and forced torelocate. Shimomura’s life experience as an Asian Americanstimulated his culture on ethnic stereotypes and discriminations. He,therefore, utilizes the paintings to elucidate the differences andsimilarities between American cultures and Japanese. As a matter offact, his artwork theme is drawn from this experience. As themajority of his works focused on the sociopolitical matters of AsianAmerica. The theatre pieces, prints, and paintings were motivated bydairies kept by his late grandmother for 56 years (GregKucera Gallery, INC, 2015).

Shimomuraexercised simplicity in the most of his works. They were modest andemotionally objective. They stood out due to the colorful images thatdeveloped every subject. He abandoned the conventional JapaneseUkiyo-e woodblock designs that were predominant in his earlier works.In its place, Shimomura adopted the graphically strong patternsportraying likeness in the American comic books. As such, he wasinfluenced by both the Japanese and American cultures [ CITATION Har15 l 1033 ].

Infact, the brilliant colors, stark black outlines, and simplifiedforms demonstrate how Roger was drawn into Pop Art. His flat, cleanmethod obtained from the American comic books as well as the JapaneseUkiyo-e, attracts audiences due to the pop art charm before they areantagonized with pointed, bold scenes of ignorance and racism.Shimomura utilizes both American and Japanese style to derive a novelkind or art that entices both cultures. By incorporating both stylesin his works, the Japanese and American people can comprehend theartistry with ease [ CITATION Har15 l 1033 ].

Shimomura`s1992 plays or “Yellow no same” emphasize on the ethicaltypecasts. Even though they focused on World War II, the short titleis obtained from the gang fights in his high school after the battle.In this series, he illustrated how Japanese Americans joined AfricanAmericans but never with the Chinese Americans. This was emphasizedvia the chants “Yellow no same.” The experience in the armyfurther propelled his works. Even though the other soldiers perceivedhim to be a U.S. army, he was discriminated against due to hisphysical appearance. He spoke the same language as the rest, but hisbodily shape and appearance was unacceptable to the “white”American community [ CITATION Tag15 l 1033 ].

Ingeneral, artists have a way of expressing themselves through pastexperiences. As a victim of discrimination, Shimomura was aware ofthe challenges American Japanese faced in this country. In thatrespect, he could curve the experiences through his paintings andtheatre works accurately. Evidently, artists can express hatred,happiness, anger, and sadness through art. Likewise, Shimomuraarticulates what he felt while in the camp and entices the audiencesby developing art out of them. Everything the artists hear, see orexperience are curved into art and touches the respective viewers.Though his works are simple, the viewers can comprehend what heexperienced. Art can also be utilized to record our pasts. As such,Rogers uses this element to demonstrate why art is vital inexpressing the past (GregKucera Gallery, INC, 2015).


Inmy own perception, this artist rightly illustrates the essentialelements of art. If I had the same skills, I would use the samemechanism to demonstrate past experiences. Relaying the past is themost efficient way of touching people’s emotions. In the presentworld, people are enticed by history and comic. As such,incorporating the two elements like Shimomura entices viewers. Inaddition to that, interconnecting two different cultures is a majorundertaking. With this aspect, an artist can appeal to many people.


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