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Hibi, Hisako
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Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
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Unframed stretched canvas. Image of a large central yellow sunflower. 5 more sunflowers surround. Small yellow butterfly/bee in TR.
One of eight Hisako Hibi paintings from Topaz that had been previusly believed to be lost. Hisako Hibi (1907-1991) was born in a village near Kyoto and immigrated to the United States in 1920. She studied art at the California School of Fine Arts and participated in annual exhibitions of the San Francisco Art Association. She taught art during her incarceration in Tanforan and Topaz. Hibi resettled in New York City where she continued to paint while working as a dressmaker, domestic, and factory worker to support her two children. She moved back to San Francisco in 1954. The work for which she is most noted is that which captures various domstic scenes within camp. Over the course of her lifetime, her work evolved from landscapes, images from the internment camps, and her life after the war in New York to explorations in abstraction and interpretations of spiritual realities. She is certainly one of the more "canonical" of the Japanese American painters, and her work is both well-known and highly regarded among various artistic circles. A substantial collection of her work also exists at the Special Collections Dept. at UCLA.
Painting oil on canvas
Concentration Camps, Topaz | sunflowers

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