Mike also known as Matsumi, Kanemitsu was an American abstract painter and printmaker. Matsumi Kanemitsu was born in Ogden, Utah in the year 1922.
His family relocated to Japan when the artist was 3 years of age. He remained there until he was 18 years of age. He returned to the United States and joined the U.S. Army.
After Pearl Harbor was attacked the artist was arrested and placed in an internment camp. It was during this time Kanemitsu found his artistic voice creating his art using supplies donated by the Red Cross.
The artist studied with Fernand Leger in Paris, France.
Kanemitsu was part of the Abstract Expressionist explosion that took place in New York City in the 1950’s.
The artist also taught at the collegiate level at the Chouinard Art Institute and the Otis Institute of Art both located in Los Angeles, California.
Matsumi Kanemitsu passed away in 1992. He was 69 years of age.
The artist often worked with Sumi ink on paper.
Below a short documentary on the artist with glimpses of him at work:
Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $16,000. The artist worked in oils, ink, watercolor, and acrylic.
What a great style of abstraction! I enjoy the mix of organic and geometric shapes. One gets the feeling the shapes are floating and moving above the surface. I also enjoy the inclusion of drips and spatters giving his work a very spontaneous feel.