Northwest American contemporary and modern art is a special area of the art market which has received increased attention in recent years. This is a 1955 work by one of the members of the so-called Northwest School, JOHN MATSUDAIRA (1922-2007). The piece is casein (opaque, chalky watercolor) on paper, that paper laid on panel. The image measures 27 1/4" by 17" (34" by 22" framed). It is titled on the reverse in the hand of the artist "Adoration". Matsudaira was born in Seattle, and died there, but lived in Japan for a time as a child. His family was taken to the Minidoka relocation camp in Idaho in 1942. John served heroically in Europe with the 442nd Regiment. After the war he worked 30 years for Boeing, but found time in the 1950's to launch an art career. Matsudaira was friendly with Paul Horiuchi, Kenjiro Nomura, George Tsutakawa, and Mark Tobey, and he was a significant member of the fledgling art group which broke down provincial barriers to modern art in the Northwest. His work was shown in 1952 at Zoe Dusanne's gallery, which was the first contemporary gallery in the area. A painting by Matsudaira was used in the brochure for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. His works are not commonly seen today. This piece has significant condition issues, the paper flaking and not lying down on the panel, as many photos illustrate. Seen from a distance, much of this is considerably less noticeable, as it tends to be lost in the busy abstract imagery.
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