Matsumi Kanemitsu was an abstraction expressionist painter. Matsumi Kanemitsu was born in Ogden, Utah in the year 1922. Kanemitsu worked with traditional sumi ink painting, as a print maker, and created original works using acrylics on canvas.
The artist grew up in Hiroshima, Japan. When he 16 he returned to the United States Kanemitsu joined the U.S. Army. When the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred the artist was immediately arrested and sent to a series of detention camps.
During his time he was given art supplies by the Red Cross and he began creating paintings. After being released from detention he went to Europe to serve as a hospital volunteer.
Eventually Kanemitsu returned to the U.S. and settled in New York City where he attended the Art Student’s League.
In the middle of the 1970’s Kanemitsu moved to Los Angeles, California. In Los Angeles the artist taught at the Chouinard Art Institute and the Otis Art Institute.
Matsumi Kanemitsu passed away in 1992 at the age of 69 years old.
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Below a short clip about the artist’s life and some studio clips:
The artist is part of many prestigious collections including the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Japan, and the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.
I enjoy Kanemitsu’s reference to traditional mediums such as sumi ink painting that can be found in his work. A great style of contemporary art. Its also a great story to see Kanemitsu found art during the lengthy amount of time he spent in detention camp. He made lemonade from the sour lemons of life.