Matsumi Kanemitsu

Matsumi Kanemitsu (1922-1992) was a Japanese-American painter who was also proficient in Japanese style sumi and lithography.
Matsumi Kanemitsu was born to Japanese parents in Ogden, Utah on May 28, 1922. At age three, he was taken to Japan and grew up in a suburb of Hiroshima. He returned to the United States in 1940 and enlisting in the United States Army in 1941. He was arrested after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and interned. While interned, he began drawing with supplies provided by the American Red Cross. After his release, Kanemitsu enlisted in the Army and served as a hospital assistant in Europe. In 1946, he was discharged from the Army and began his formal art education with Fernand Léger in Paris and with Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the Art Students League of New York. He was on the faculty of Chouinard Art Institute from 1965 to 1970 and the Otis College of Art and Design from 1971 to 1983. Matsumi Kanemitsu died of lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles in May 1992.

 Matsumi Kanemitsu is considered a second-generation abstract expressionist. He is best known for his non-objective patintings, which are often hard-edge, such as Landscape, from 1967, in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art. The Baltimore Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art are among the public collections holding work by Matsumi Kanemitsu.Wikipedia

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