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Reef/Moon

1978
20th Century
48 x 60 in. (121.9 x 152.4 cm)

Arthur Okamura, American, (1932–2009)

Object Type: Paintings
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Wells Fargo
Accession Number: 1987.26.15
Known for his screen printing and expressionistic paintings, Arthur Okamura was a Japanese American artist who rose to prominence in the 1960s as a book illustrator and member of an artist community based in Bolinas, California. During World War II, as a child, Okamura and his family were forced to relocate to a Japanese American internment camp in southeast Colorado.

Reef/Moon is typical of Okamura’s use of abstracted, Surrealist-inspired depictions of landscapes, and in particular, water views. The layered pattern of ocean waves and romantic moonlit sky create a dream world that Okamura referred to as “ghost waves.”

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  • Check dims Dimensions: 48 x 60 in. (1219.2 x 1524 mm)

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