Biography and lesson plans
Known for his screen printing and abstract expressionist paintings, Arthur Okamura (1932–2009) was a Japanese American artist who rose to prominence in the 1960s as a book illustrator and member of an artist community based in Bolinas, California. After being incarcerated at the Granada War Relocation Center in Colorado during World War II, Okamura and his family moved to Chicago. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale School of Art, and University of Chicago before returning to California in 1956, where he taught for 31 years at Oakland’s California College of the Arts. His work can be found in the collections of multiple major art museums and at the New School at Commonweal in Bolinas, California, where he served on the board of directors.
Check out the following lessons inspired by Okamura’s life and artwork: