Teikichi Hikoyama (1884-1957)
Oil on canvas
16" x 20"
Initialed and dated lower right 1927
Born in Japan, Teikichi Hikoyama came to California, arriving in San Francisco in 1901. It is believed he was the first Japanese artist in California creating woodblock prints. He also painted, using both oil based and ink paints. His art displayed elements of modernism, magic realism, and was often visionary. Along with Chiura Obata and Matsusaburo Hibi, Hikoyama was co-founder of the avant garde art group, The East West Art Society (1921). Another intriguing association he exhibited with was the Three Primary Colors Art Group. His contemporaries gave him the nickname of The Black Flame. These organizations held exhibitions during the 1920's, both in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Hikoyama also participated in mainstream museum exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Art and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, and in 1926 in San Diego, at the California Industries Expo. He was a member of the San Francisco Art Association. During the first three decades of the 20th century, Teikichi Hikoyama was one of the most influential artists in the development of Japanese American art. His art represented exceptional modernist ideas. By 1933, Hikoyama had returned to Japan.
The M.H. de Young museum recently acquired this painting from my collection.
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