by Ken Nishi
Landscape village scene. Signed K Nishi. Framed and double matted watercolor on paper. It measures 10 3/4" X 3 1/4". (Frame outer dimensions are 20 1/2" X 14 1/4"). Dated 1986. It is in extremely fine condition.
Ken Nishi (1916-2001) was born in Salinas, California. He studied at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles (1937-1941). In 1939 he assisted Millard Sheets (1907-1989) in his Treasure Island (San Francisco, CA) mural.
During WWII he served in the US Army, where he was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in the Missouri Ozarks. While there he painted murals in its recreation facilities and service club library. He also exhibited in St Louis and Springfield, Missouri. After his discharge he relocated to Chicago. While there he opened up a Friday night art club and was a member of the Gaka Art Guild (a group of predominately Japanese American artists). Beginning in 1951 he and his family would live seasonally (Summers) in Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada.
In 1952 he moved to Tappan, New York. Where he found work as a printer, sculptor, furniture maker, educator and art director of the Rockland Center for the Arts (West Nyack, New York). He died there in 2001.
He worked in a wide range of media including watercolor, gouache, oil, wood and stone.
Golden Gate International Exhibit, San Fancisco (1939)
Stanford University (1940)
Ozark Arts and Crafts Gallery, Springfield, Missouri (1942)
Springfield Museum, Springfield, Missouri (1943)
St Louis Public Library (1943)
St Louis Museum (1943, 1944)
Kansas City Museum (1944)
Evanston Illinois Art Center (1949)
Ruth Dickens Gallery, Chicago (1950)
Art Institute of Chicago (1951)
Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY (1963, 1970-1978)
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax (1999). "Ken Nishi: Reflections in Time."
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
National Museum of Mexico City
Springfield (MO) Museum
He is listed in Davenports, Artprice, Askart, Artfact and Findartinfo.
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