RARE Antique Vintage Asian Japanese Abstract Oil Painting Yoshio Nakamura

RARE Antique Vintage Asian Japanese Abstract Oil Painting Yoshio Nakamura
RARE Antique Vintage Asian Japanese Abstract Oil Painting Yoshio Nakamura
RARE Antique Vintage Asian Japanese Abstract Oil Painting Yoshio Nakamura
RARE Antique Vintage Asian Japanese Abstract Oil Painting Yoshio Nakamura
RARE Antique Vintage Asian Japanese Abstract Oil Painting Yoshio Nakamura
RARE Antique Vintage Asian Japanese Abstract Oil Painting Yoshio Nakamura
RARE Antique Vintage Asian Japanese Abstract Oil Painting Yoshio Nakamura
RARE Antique Vintage Asian Japanese Abstract Oil Painting Yoshio Nakamura
RARE Antique Vintage Asian Japanese Abstract Oil Painting Yoshio Nakamura
RARE Antique Vintage Asian Japanese Abstract Oil Painting Yoshio Nakamura
RARE Antique Vintage Asian Japanese Abstract Oil Painting Yoshio Nakamura
RARE Antique Vintage Asian Japanese Abstract Oil Painting Yoshio Nakamura

RARE Antique Vintage Asian Japanese Abstract Oil Painting Yoshio Nakamura
This is a dynamic and RARE Antique Vintage Asian Japanese Abstract Oil Painting on canvas, by Japanese American Modernist and WWII war hero Yoshio Nakamura (1925 -). This work depicts a colorful geometric abstraction and is signed: "Yoshio Nakamura" in the lower center of the painting. Additionally, this work is signed multiple times on the verso: Nakamura. Approximately 20 x 24 inches. Good condition for age and storage, with a few small areas of light paint loss please see photos. This work likely dates to the 1950's - 1960's. Artworks by Yoshio Nakamura are very rare, and an original oil painting has never been offered for sale.

Please check out my other listings for more wonderful and unique artworks! Yoshio C Nakamura (mid 20th C) was active/lived in Japan. Companies'M' and'L', 442nd Regimental Combat Team Enlisted Reserve.

Camp Blanding, FL; MD; NY; USA Italy France. Provide mortar support for ground troops. Major battles (if served in a war zone). European (Southern france & Northern Italy); North Apennines; Po Valley. Awards, medals, citations (individual or unit).

European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon with 3 Battle Stars Bronze Star Combat Infantryman's Badge Presidential Unit Citation with 1 Gold Leaf Cluster. A combat soldier's life was stressful. We had the bare necessities for survival.

My company & regiment were great in looking after each other. We ate'C' rations & when in interior areas, we had cooked meals. I still have a problem with Spam. Most vivid memory of military experience. My buddy, Tack Nakamura, thought he was going to lean against a cliff while climbing up an Italian mountain in the dark.

But he fell to the next terrace, anchored by the mortar base plate. We finally got him up and quietly - this was after his whispered cries for help.

Missed most whilst in the military. Most important thing, personally, to come from military experience? I learned that we can all do many things which we didn't know we could do (such as, physical endurance & spiritual strength). There was always a strong sense that we Americans of Japanese ancestry showed our loyalty to the U.

As a result of the G. Bill, I completed my bachelor's and master's degree and have enjoyed a very satisfying career as educator, administrator and artist. Yoshio Nakamura was interned, fought in WWII.

Now he's getting one of France's highest honors. Like the man receiving the military distinction, the French Foreign Legion Medal came in an unassuming package. On May 26, the small box was delivered in a Fed Ex package to Yoshio Nakamura's home in Whittier. "I heard the doorbell, took the box inside and opened it, and there was the medal, " Nakamura, better known by many as "Yosh, " said. The award was formally presented to Nakamura and four other veterans by the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles on Nov.

22 at a private residence in Beverly Hills. The French government awards the honor to American veterans of World Wars I and II, in tribute of the French people's gratitude for those who risked and gave their lives defending liberty, according the Consulate General's website. "It was a rather traumatic experience, " Nakamura, 91, said.

I was a good student and president of a service club just living my life. Nakamura and his family were taken from their home in Rosemead to the Tulare Assembly Center near Fresno. There he lived there with his father, an older brother, and younger brother and sister in barracks at the center, the site of former race track. "There was barbed wire, search lights and armed guards, " Nakamura said.

But despite his dire circumstance, he never lost hope things would change. "This was America, there is a constitution, " he reasoned. In August of 1944, he enlisted in the Army. "It seemed like I volunteered, " Nakamura said, explaining that officials asked, during his incarceration, if he was willing to enlist in the armed forces. I could have refused, but who knows what lay ahead if I didn't. Nakamura was assigned to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an all Japanese-American unit, that fought in France and eventually Italy. "We had a strong, moral conviction to prove our loyalty, even considering the injustice of the internment camps, " Nakamura said. We knew that the people in power would realize what they had done was wrong. Nakamura and the rest of the 442nd were deployed to Calais, France, and were later requested by General Mark Clark to help break the Nazi's Gothic Line in Italy. Uninjured in war time, but suffering hearing loss in both ears after neaby blasts of mortar rounds, Nakamura relived that time on Tuesday. "It was such a reserved and dignified ceremony, and the Rio Hondo Community could not be more proud of Yosh, " said Rio Hondo College President Teresa Dreyfuss, who was an invited guest, along with Rio Hondo Trustee President Mary Ann Pacheco. "When his country abandoned him, he stepped up, " Pacheco said about some of the thoughts that ran through her head during the ceremony.

Nakamura and his wife of 66 years, Grace, invited the Rio Hondo College officials because of his close ties with the campus on the hill. After starting his teaching career at Whittier High School in 1952, Nakamura he began a nearly 30-year career at Rio Hondo College in 1963. He was one of the school's first three instructors. "I thought it was appropriate to have the college represented because they have been such a big part of my life, " he said. Non-Stop Art' an All-in-the-Family Affair for the Versatile Nakamuras.

By all accounts, they are Whittier's first family of art. The Nakamuras--a diverse group of painters, photographers, illustrators and graphic designers--are synonymous with art in Los Angeles County's southeast and San Gabriel Valley areas, especially at the long-running Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts concluding today in La Habra Heights.

This year is no different, as six family members are showing their works at the three-day exhibition, which began Friday. "It's a special show because it is where some of us got our start, " said Yoshio, who is dean of community services at Rio Hondo Community College. It was one of the first shows my children entered. As a family, the Nakamuras could form their own culture club.

Yoshio and Grace Nakamura's two sons--Joel, 25, a commercial illustrator, and Daniel, 27, a specialist in the traditional paper craft of origami--have emerged as the family's best-known artists. The family's East Whittier home is a cross between a museum and a studio, with family artifacts filling nearly every wall. Through the years, the house has been an incubator of ideas and expression for the couple's three children, including their daughter, Linda Nakamura Oberholtzer, who was a news photographer and writer before becoming an attorney. "Experimentation was always rewarded, " recalled Daniel, a high school math teacher in Los Angeles.

Every time there was an art opening. Every time a new gallery opened we went. There was a reason for the almost daily dose of art. "To be a good artist, one must be a careful observer of life, " said Grace, whose brother, Larry Shinoda, is an automotive designer and was largely responsible for the shape and styling of the classic 1963 Corvette Stingray.

My family was always taught to study life--the texture of the rocks, the new blades of grass, the clouds and the shape of the hills. I tried to teach my own children the value of life through art. I don't think we've pushed them, but we have exposed them to art. Art has long been a focal point in the lives of the elder Nakamuras, who are in their late 50s.

Yoshio, who has several paintings and etchings in the Guggenheim Collection in New York and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. Developed his interest while in a Los Angeles hospital. There he was recovering from a combat wound suffered in Europe during World War II while a member of the Army's famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team made up of Japanese-Americans. A water colorist taught the bedridden veterans how to paint to pass the time and assuage the war's pain. He went on to USC and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in art before landing his first art teaching job at Whittier High School in the early 1950s.

Grace, who coordinates gifted-student programs for the El Rancho Unified School District, also has a degree in art. Grace took her most valued possession--my watercolor box. The Nakamura children point to Yoshio's six-month sabbatical in 1970 from Rio Hondo College as a turning point in their art education.

Yoshio, who was chairman of the college's fine arts department at the time, took the family to Europe; they traveled the continent, wandering through dozens of museums and galleries. "We went to, on the average, three museums a day, studying every period of art, " recalled Joel. It was like a graduate course in art history. As youngsters, we were already forming opinions about art. Even today, the family takes day trips to hike or walk in the local mountains or botanical gardens, hauling along cameras and sketch pads. Such outings, Grace says, often trigger "art attacks" or art-ritis. Despite the exposure to art, only Joel has chosen to make a living at it, although Daniel admits his success has triggered thoughts of leaving teaching and pursuing origami full time. "I was the youngest, and my parent's last great hope to get into art as a career, " Joel said.

But if I hadn't been kicked out of a high school algebra class, it might not have happened. Instead of the math class at Whittier's California High School, Joel was assigned to an art class.

"It was then, " Joel said, laughing, that I got hooked for good. This weekend, Yoshio and Grace, both primarily painters and graphic artists, have entered a series of photographs in the Hillcrest festival.

Their son-in-law, Jay Oberholtzer, a Whittier attorney and amateur photographer, is also exhibiting several black-and-white prints. Joel and his wife, Karen Payne Nakamura, are showing several paintings, including Joel's original artwork of the festival's commemorative poster, a futuristic-looking robot splashed in shiny colors and wielding a dripping paint brush. And Daniel is displaying several of his folded-paper creations, including an origami gangster, a black machine gun on its shoulder. With their success, it seems Daniel and Joel should have outgrown the show, which this year attracted more than 200 artists and was expected to draw up to 20,000 people to the festival site--Hillcrest Congregational Church on 2000 West Road in the Puente Hills. Daniel's origami, from his quarter-inch miniatures to 18-foot birds, has drawn attention on both sides of the Pacific. His thimble-size crane on a table is on display in Japan's Paper Museum--the only American work there on permanent display. And Joel, a part-time instructor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, has done art work for Atari and Epson computers and is working on logos and magazine ads for a new line of Sasson designer jeans.

Yet both are showing at the Hillcrest, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Today's hours are from 11:30 a. "The festival is a fixture in our community, " said Daniel, one of only a scattering of origami artists displaying work in Southern California.

It's the most important and visible show for Whittier artists. It's to Whittier what Laguna Beach's annual Pageant of the Masters is to Laguna Beach. Joel, who works with his wife, also a commercial artist, out of their South Pasadena home, added.

It's a show for locals. It was always a show where as kids we could create something, exhibit it and feel accomplished--no matter how bad it was, and some of it was really bad. The show provided younger artists with a lot of support. The Nakamura Family of Artists. Sitting in her Whittier, Calif. Parlor decorated with her family's paintings and sculptures, Grace Nakamura proudly says that she has been practicing art ever since she was old enough to hold a pencil. The 86-year-old Japanese American recalls during World War II when her family of seven was abruptly relocated from their Southern California home and unjustly interned at Manzanar.

The family was among the 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry who were incarcerated following the war hysteria and racism that erupted in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. As children, Grace and her late brother, Larry Shinoda, an automotive designer who was credited with the 1968 Corvette Stingray, loved to draw on cutout sides of paper sacks that their mother supplied for them.

"My mother was a very resourceful person, " Grace said. In those days, they used to have flyers they used to pass around in people's mailboxes. She'd save the side that was good, the blank side, and there was a little box of pencil stubs. That was always there for us.

It was right near the radio. After the war, with the help of the Quakers' organization, American Friends Service, Grace was able to get a scholarship to attend the University of Redlands to study sociology and education. She went on to teach in the Pasadena School District and receive two master's degrees. While in her early 20s, Grace would meet Yoshio "Yosh" Nakamura, now 88, who also shared her love of fine arts.

We were at the Union Church of Los Angeles. The young people decided they'd like to go to the beach after the service. So, they all got in the cars. This one woman didn't have a ride, and I happened to have -- as a veteran I was able to go to their war surplus stores and they had a Ford that had a Mercury engine that was for sale, said Yosh. I took her to the beach.

She was at the university, and I was about to go to USC. Yosh, a decorated war veteran of the famed all-Japanese 442nd Regimental Combat Team, also grew up in Southern California.

After the war, Yosh, who was first drawn to watercolors, was able to briefly hone his art skills in Florence, Italy. He went on to receive his bachelor's and master's degree in fine arts from the University of Southern California. Later, Yosh was one of the first faculty members to ink a contract with Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier, Calif. And then become the first chair of the fine arts department. The husband and wife will celebrate 64 years of marriage this year.

The three Nakamura children also inherited their parents' love of doing art. The youngest of the three children, 54-year-old Joel, is a professional artist. Luckily for Joel, his mother is also a natural public relations manager, as she promotes his work pro bono. Here my mom is calling the museum, and I'll tell her,'Please don't do that. But she does it anyway, said Joel, with a laugh, from his art studio in New Mexico.

I get the PR whether I want it or not. This is living testament that I'm talking to you.

Three of Joel's murals that depict the museum's collections were unveiled on Feb. "We really wanted to find just the right artist who could interpret the museum's fabulous collections in a way that would connect to kids, " said Lisa McGuire, the museum's exhibits graphic designer. Exhibits project manager Bryce Snellgrove and I had both worked with Santa Fe artist Joel Nakamura before, so we thought he'd be a perfect match for this vision.

As luck would have it, Joel was also excited to work with the museum again. It was apparent to Bryce and to me that with Joel's youthful enthusiasm and fascination with the collections, something wonderful was in store. And we were not disappointed. An award-winning illustrator, fine artist and third-degree Aikido black belt, Joel lives in Santa Fe, N.

And has been an artist for more than 30 years. Earlier this month to promote Joel's murals at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. She scolded their PR person. And they actually didn't know that there was artwork going to be in this new wing. They were actually grateful that they were informed about something that they should have known about, Joel said. To her, I'm still a 10-year-old.

The mother of three, however, is equally proud of all her children's careers and creative endeavors. Carrying on the resourceful art tradition that began with her mother, Grace would provide big sheets of X-ray paper that she acquired from her radiologist uncle for her children to do art projects on when they were growing up. The eldest Nakamura child, Linda, is now an immigration attorney who also does photography. The middle sibling, Daniel, is a teacher who is also a skilled origami artist. Together, the Nakamura family has had seven art shows.

They will showcase their works as a family at the 54th Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts in La Habra Heights, Calif. From her family home where the Nakamura art is on permanent display, Grace laughs saying, "I'm not the typical Japanese mom, " but she adds, looking at her husband. I got a lot of shows for you.

"All of our kids are embarrassed, " Yosh said laughingly. She opens a lot of doors. But she's not a typical Asian woman.
RARE Antique Vintage Asian Japanese Abstract Oil Painting Yoshio Nakamura