Source: Chiura Obata Art Of Chiura Obata: American Landscapes In The Style Of Japanese Paintings 2015-11-20 Fri 2018-04-18 Wed To say that the artwork of Chiura Obata (1885-1975) is an artistic reflection of his bicultural identity does not seem too much of a stretch, as his American landscapes fuse intricately with the Japanese-style painting techniques in which he was a master. Obata, who started painting with sumi (ink) at the age of 7, displayed artistic talent from an early age. At 14 he began apprenticing under the famous Japanese painter Tanryo Murata, but decided to immigrate to America four years later to learn more about the western world. He worked as an illustrator for Japanese publications in San Francisco, but his career took a turn after he was invited by Worth Ryder to Yosemite for a sketching trip. Falling in love with the scenery, he went back to every year until his death, and Yosemite eventually became the model for many of his famous works. Having experienced living in the internment camps during World War Two, Obata proactively made efforts to introduce American to the aesthetics of Japanese art, and strived to create mutual understanding between the two cultures to prevent future conflicts. And these efforts were not in vain — in 1965 he was awarded the Emperor’s Medal in Tokyo for his contributions in promoting understanding between Japan and the United States. Lake Basin in High Sierra Source: Chiura Obata Setting Sun in the Sacramento Valley Source: Chiura Obata Full Moon, Pasadena, California Source: Chiura Obata Morning at Mono Lake Source: Chiura Obata Death Grave's Pass and Tenaya Peak Source: Chiura Obata Evening Glow, Mono Lake Source: Chiura Obata Eagle Peak Trail Source: Chiura Obata Evening Moon Source: Chiura Obata Dana Creek Source: Chiura Obata Silent Moonlight at Tanforan Relocation Center Source: Chiura Obata Evening Glow at Lyell Fork, Tuolumne Meadows Source: Chiura Obata Before the Rain, Mono Lake Source: Chiura Obata By - grape Japan editorial staff. Source:Chiura Obata / Japaaan Tags: America / Art / Japan / Landscape grape Japan Art Art Of Chiura Obata: American Landscapes In The Style Of Japanese Paintings Related Article Breeze Through Your Holiday Gift Wrapping With This Speedy Japanese Department Store Technique Cherry Blossoms in Autumn: Japan Weather Expert Explains ‘Surprise’ Sight Unique Texture Thermos Series With Designs Inspired By Japan’s Traditional Art And Nature Ramen Kabuto: The Japanese Ramen Restaurant With A Samurai Spirit Show Off Your Studio Ghibli Love With Princess Mononoke Vintage Japanese Jackets Pet Bird’s Nightly Routine Causes Stir On Japanese Twitter!