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“Orangutan”

“Orangutan” 24 x 72

Orangutan in its natural environment in Sumatra as it is being cut up and destroyed

“Maple Fall”

“Maple Fall” 36×72

Three paintings to make one. Another in my environment series where I fracture the landscapes, cut them up and tear them apart, and reassemble them into an incomplete whole.

“Gregory”

Gregory’s great, great, great, grandmother “Frankie” was sold into slavery at the Manchester Slave Docks in what is now Ancarrow’s Landing on the James River in Virginia in the 1840’s.

Slavery was first brought to America in 1619 in the colony of Virginia and grew into the 1700’s to become the dominant labor system on plantations.

During the 1660s Virginia adopted laws specifically designed to denigrate blacks. These laws banned interracial marriages and sexual relations and deprived blacks of property. The text is from four of those Laws from Virginia State Law”Gregory”

60×37 ink on panel

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“con.Text” Write up in The Santa Clara

A nice write up by Claire Murphy in The Santa Clara following up on a show I did at the De Saisset Museum on the campus of Santa Clara University.

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“Solitude”

“Solitude” 48×36 acrylic on panel. I am working on a series of paintings that cuts, disassembles and reconstructs the natural landscape. I severe the landscape of trees and nature and place them one on top of each other, breaking their continuity, while bending and merging what remains. The juxtaposition of the two worlds reveals the struggle we face today with the future of our planet dependent on our ability to balance the increasing demand for resources and the needs of the natural world.

“Under the Brightest Moon” with video

I continue in the environment series with this piece and an accompanying video that delves into the artist statement

“Under the Brightest Moon” 40 x 60 Acrylic on canvas 2020

Video for “Sunset and Desire”

I recently finished this video that features a narrative explaining some of the concepts behind the painting


“Dad”

Another portrait of my father based on a photograph taken by Dorothea Lange as Japanese Americans on the West coast were gathered up and sent to prison during World War II.

The text is the California Alien Land Law of 1913 which targeted mostly Japanese farmers who were “aliens ineligible for citizenship” and prohibited them from owning agricultural land or possessing long-term leases over it.

Ink on panel 40″ x 34″, 2021

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“Bee’s” 24×72

A continuation of my environment series that fractures landscapes and environments and attempts to reassemble them.

Feature in Metro Magazine

Wonderful cover feature article in Metro on the show “con.Text” up at the Japanese American Museum San Jose.

Thank you Katie Lauer for understanding the work and putting it into words.

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