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Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom

Lebanese–American artist and writer. Daughter of a Greek Christian mother and a Syrian Muslim father, she was educated in Lebanon and at universities in France and the United States. For many years she taught the philosophy of art at Dominican College, San Rafael, CA. She also lectured and taught at many other colleges and universities until her retirement in the late 1970s. Also a novelist and poet, she combined Arabic calligraphy with modern language in her drawings, paintings, ceramics and tapestries. She explored the relationship between word and image in over 200 “artist books,” in which she transcribed in her own hand Arabic poetry from a variety of sources....

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active in France.

Born 4 February 1949, in Hiroshima.

Painter, draughtsman, ceramicist.

After graduating from art school in Kyoto, Mikizawa continued her training at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In Japan, she worked in the studio of the Japanese master Tahara and also studied the techniques of the master Kusube Yaichi. She lives in Paris and in Ramatuelle. Without detaching herself from her roots, she is very much influenced by the light in Provence. Her painting is impressionistic, while her ceramics are firmly within the classical Japanese tradition. She won first prize at the All-Japan Art Competition and several other prizes at other Osaka exhibitions....

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Germany.

Born 1946.

Sculptor.

Yuji Takeoka lives and works in Düsseldorf. His sculptures are pedestals but without sculptures mounted on them, parallelepipeds in terracotta or aggregate. They evoke minimal art but lack its characteristic coldness. He shows his work in solo exhibitions. Among his past shows are: ...

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Lebanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1949, of Beirut origin.

Painter, draughtsman, potter. Designs for tapestries.

Symbolism.

Wakim Wakim studied sculture between 1967 and 1971 and then moved to Paris, where he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1972. In 1975 he began studying ceramics at the École des Arts Appliqués and tapestry in the workshop of Roger Caron. In ...