Theme/Style Modernism, Social Realism, Abstraction
Media Oils, watercolors, drawings
Artistic Focus A Southern California native, Mine Okubo received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the mid-1930s from the University of California, Berkeley, then left for Europe on a traveling art scholarship. When war broke out, she escaped on the last ship to leave Bordeaux, France. After painting several murals on commission for the Federal Art Project between 1939 and 1942, Okubo was sent to a Japanese internment camp in Utah. She spent the rest of the war there, teaching art classes, editing a literary magazine, and creating “painfully hard-edged representations of community life in the Utah internment camp.”
• Okubo wrote and illustrated Citizen 13660, a
book about her camp experiences, and eventually transformed her anger
into positive expressions in what she called her “Happy Paintings”
period in the 1960s.
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