Original woodblock print in black and light red, 11 5/8" by 8 1/2" (18 1/2" by 15 5/8" as framed), inscribed at lower left in pencil "artist proof" and "Serisawa", and stamped just below that with the circular red seal of the artist, and "To Wally" written at right. This is an example of the graphic work of the American-Japanese artist SUEO SERISAWA (1910-2004). Serisawa is considered to be one of the principal figures in California modernism. Born in Yokohama, Japan, the son of an artist, he was in Long Beach, California as a boy. After some dislocation to New York and other areas during the anti-Japanese sentiment of the Second World War years, he returned to Los Angeles and became a well known artist and teacher. Serisawa's work spans many "isms"------regionalism, expressionism, impressionism.............and his work can be abstraction, finely finished still lifes, portraits, figurative. The artist taught at Scripps, Laguna Beach, and Palm Springs, working into old age, passing away in 2004 in his mid 90's. Today his paintings and prints appear at auction in California and elsewhere. This piece is not dated but likely dates to the 1960's or 1970's. Condition appears to be generally good, with a few foxing spots at top margin. All photos taken through non glare glass, which tends to reduce the clarity of the images. See the net for much more on the artist. .
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