Sueo Serisawa (1910-2004)
"Metamorphosis of a Zen Bull"
Color woodcut artist proof
29 ¾" x 23½"
Signed and titled bottom margin circa 1955
Asian Traditions Modern Expressions-Asian American Artists and Abstraction 1945-1970 Harry Abrams Publishers (1997) ISBN 0-8109-1976-1 page 127
Serisawa came from Japan to join his father Yoichi in Seattle, in 1918. The family moved to Long Beach, California, in 1921, where Yoichi opened an art studio and gave Sueo his early art instruction. He attended the Otis Art Institute, and was recognized for his talent, winning prizes. After Pearl Harbor, to avoid internment, the family moved first to Chicago, then on to New York City. From 1942-1947 Serisawa participated in the New York art scene, where Yasuo Kuniyoshi became a major influence. He also spent time in the Woodstock art colony, learning and absorbing from the many artists who summered there. He returned to southern California and became one the region's best known artists, exhibiting in the leading galleries and receiving many celebrity commissions. He also taught art. Visiting Japan in 1955, he began to explore the connections between Zen and abstraction, a popular interest among many of the abstract expressionists during the zenith of this explosive new American art movement. Serisawa has been exhibited and collected by major museums, both in the U.S.A. and internationally.
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