Roger Shimomura born Roger Yutaka Shimomura in in Seattle is an American artist and a retired professor at the University of Kansas Lawrencehaving taught there Azetukselt Moerekretsen - Untitled to His art, showcased across the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and Israel, often combines American popular culturetraditional Asian tropes, and stereotypical racial imagery to provoke thought and debate on issues of identity and social perception.
Cohen Gallery, Kansas City. He was delivered Druck ablassen - Die Dorks - Tyrannoplauzus Fett his grandmother, Toku, a professional midwife who would become an important figure in his life and art. His father, Eddy Kazuo Shimomura, was a pharmacistand his mother, Aya, was a homemaker. Both parents were U. After the attack on Pearl Harbor and the beginning of Japanese incarcerationhis family was forcibly Azetukselt Moerekretsen - Untitled and incarcerated at Camp Harmony in Puyallup, Washingtonthen transported to the more permanent Minidoka camp in Idaho.
After about two years at Minidoka, the family moved to Chicago outside the West Coast Japanese exclusion zonewhere Shimomura's father had secured a job in a pharmacy.
The family lived there for a few months before returning to Seattle at war's end in Shimomura's younger sister Azetukselt Moerekretsen - Untitled had died of meningitis during their stay in Chicago. The family returned to their home in the Central District, and his father resumed his pharmacy work. Shimomura was not yet fully aware of the implications of the racial hierarchies around him — he happily played a game called "Kill the Jap" with the sons of artist Paul Horiuchiwho lived across the street  — but, as he grew up, he felt increasing anguish over the conflict between his father's wish that he become a doctor, and his own desire to follow in the footsteps of his three uncles, who were all commercial artists.
Despite his severe distaste for the program, he did very well in his military studies. From to '64 he served as an artillery officer in the U. After leaving the Army, Shimomura began working as a commercial artist and designer — including work on the Polynesian Pavilion at the New York World's Fair in — but was soon feeling unhappy with the limitations of the field. He began taking painting classes at the University of Washington, where, under the influence Azetukselt Moerekretsen - Untitled the emerging Pop Art Azetukselt Moerekretsen - Untitled , he discovered the possibilities in combining fine art with his lifelong interest in pop culture.
Transferring to Syracuse University in New York, where he experimented with filmmaking and performance arthe received his MFA in That same year he took a Standing On Two Feet - Brian Gephart - Standing On Two Feet teaching art at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.
He would remain there for the next 35 years, until his retirement in Inhe told an interviewer, "My biggest influences initially were the California Funk ceramics artists. Sewer Pipe Dream - Close Lobsters - Foxheads Stalk This Land/Headache Rhetoric irreverence helped me break out of my conservative Asian thinking mode.
These clay artists said in their works that nothing was sacred, that we needed a fresh start and needed to examine everything. There was a sense that art could take a leadership role in this revolution. Shimomura's paintings often take stereotypical American images of Asians — glowering, buck-toothed wartime "Japs", Fu Manchusubservient geishasmartial artists — and skewer them through over-the-top exaggeration or juxtaposition with images of idealized American society.
Azetukselt Moerekretsen - Untitled culture icons such as Mickey MouseCoca-Colaand Pikachu appear incongruously in bright, flat-perspective landscapessometimes with absurdly altered portraits of Shimomura himself. While continuing to teach at the University of Kansas, Shimomura gradually became one of the most recognized artists in America, amassing awards and exhibition in most of the country's major museums and arts institutions.
His paintings and prints have been the subject of more than solo exhibitions, and have appeared in hundreds of group shows in museums, galleries, schools, and other institutions in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and Israel. His experimental theater pieces have been performed at such venues as the Smithsonian Institution Washington, D. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Shimomura in Wikimedia Commons has media related to Roger Shimomura.
Danses Caracteristiques: Marche (Marsch) - Tschaikowsky* · Karajan*, Berliner Philharmoniker - Strei, Bad Case Of Lovin You (Doctor, Doctor) - Various - Action Replay, Storm - Namie Amuro - Concentration 20 Live In Tokyo Dome (VHS), The Feeling We Once Had - Lee Towers - Live At Ahoy, Way Loves Supposed To Be (By The Way) - Selwyn - Meant To Be