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Margo Machida

American printmaker and installation artist. Born and raised in New York City, Arai, a third-generation Japanese American printmaker, mixed-media artist, public artist and cultural activist, studied art at the Philadelphia College of Art and The Printmaking Workshop in New York. Since the 1970s, her diverse projects have ranged from individual works to large-scale public commissions (...

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Atteqa Ali

Printmaker of Indian birth. Zarina, known professionally by her first name only, received a BSc from Aligarh’s Muslim University in 1958. She worked at Atelier 17 in Paris from 1964 to 1967 and studied woodblock printing in Tokyo. With her works she opens up discussions of dislocation, exile, partition and migration. These loaded topics are handled in lighter ways; her black-and-white pictures do not burden viewers with a lot of visual information. Instead, her imagery relies on the extended meanings of lines and shapes: borders, separation and units, among other things. Her semi-abstract, minimal style does not have the cool formalism that one might associate with the Minimalist movement. Perhaps because she often utilizes the woodblock technique, she softens hard edges and customizes the style to her needs. Her subject matter is, likewise, a personalized interpretation of larger concerns....

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David M. Sokol

American painter, photographer and printmaker of Japanese birth. He arrived in the USA in 1906 and studied at the Los Angeles School of Art and Design from 1907 to 1910. He then moved to New York, studying, in rapid succession, with Robert Henri at the National Academy of Design, at the Independent School of Art and from ...

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Jeremy Lewison

American sculptor, printmaker, and draughtsman. He studied at Syracuse University, NY, from 1945 to 1949, and between 1951 and 1952 he served in the US Army in Japan and Korea, where he was able to visit oriental shrines, temples, and gardens. In 1953 he moved to New York, where he attended the Cartoonists and Illustrators School. From ...

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Miwako Tezuka

Japanese-born American painter. Obata is known for his sumi ink paintings, watercolors and woodblock prints depicting California landscapes. After studying Nihonga (Japanese-style painting) at the Japan Fine Arts Academy in Tokyo, he moved to San Francisco in 1903 to pursue career in art, and soon began working as an illustrator for local publications for the Japanese American community. In ...

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Midori Yoshimoto

American painter of Japanese ancestry (sansei or third generation). The subjects in Shimomura’s paintings, prints and performances have largely stemmed from his personal experience of living as an ethnic minority in the Midwest and his grandmother’s diaries chronicling her immigration and adjustment to the USA in the early 20th century. By incorporating the seemingly disparate images from the historical and contemporary sources, Shimomura has presented captivating visual essences that bespeak of the multi-generational experience not only of Japanese–Americans, but also of Asian Americans. His works constituted significant critiques of the racial prejudices deeply rooted in the American society, alarming the viewer that the roots of prejudice could be found in all individuals....

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1880, in Hong Kong; died 1959.

Engraver, painter, architect, writer.

Jules Andre Smith studied architecture at Cornell University. However, he soon turned to etching as a means of artistic expression. He served in the Army camouflage section in World War I and became one of the eight artists commissioned to record the activities of American Expeditionary Forces. He took an innovative approach to art, exploring new areas in a number of media - painting, sculpture, and print-making. He lived and worked in Pine Orchard, and served as director of the Research Studio in Maitland, Florida, which sought to encourage artistic experimentation. He exhibited his work, winning a gold medal in San Francisco for his etching....

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Midori Yoshimoto

American painter of Japanese birth. Teraoka moved to the USA in 1961 after studying art at the Kwansai Gakuin University in Kobe, Japan. He pursued his BA and MFA at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles in the late 1960s. While Teraoka’s output has varied in styles, he has consistently addressed contemporary socio-political issues that have preoccupied the American public, including the Americanization of Japanese culture, AIDS, gay marriage, sex scandals, privacy invaded by the internet and human cloning....

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American, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born c. 1771, in Lebanon; died after 1834.

Engraver (burin), portrait artist.

Elkanah Tisdale engraved illustrations for magazines.

Detroit: Portrait of the Artist; The Artist's Parents

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American, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA.

Born 22 or 28 March 1880, in Tjumen (Siberia); died 1965.

Painter, draughtsman, watercolourist, engraver. Figures, urban landscapes.

Abraham Walkowitz was just a child when he moved to the USA with his family. He studied at the National Academy of Design in New York and at the Académie Julian in Paris ...