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Tajiri in his studio, Amsterdam, 1962 Photo © Erhard Wehrmann
Shinkichi Tajiri (b. 1923 Los Angeles, USA – d. 2009 Baarlo, The Netherlands) is primarily a sculptor whose main themes were Velocity, Erotica and Violence. Highly experimental and multicultural, Tajiri was a dynamic avant-garde artist whose works gure prominently in modern art museums, public spaces and a number of private collections.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Tajiri and his family and more than 110,000 other Japanese Americans were incarcerated in internment camps. He enlisted in a segregated unit, the 442nd RCT, and was sent overseas to Italy where he was severely wounded. After the war he studied at the Chicago Art Institute.
In 1948 (on a G.I. Bill) he left for Paris on a self-imposed exile to study with Ossip Zadkine and Fernand Léger. He was invited to participate in both CoBrA International Exhibitions of Experimental Art respectively Amsterdam, 1949 and Liège, 1951. He moved to the Netherlands in 1956 with his wife, Dutch artist Ferdi, and became known as one of the innovators of post-war Dutch sculpture.
The Mayor Gallery brings together a cross-section of his sculptures, particularly the two dynamic and instantly recognizable main themes of Knot and Warrior featuring a selection of works from 1953-2008.
Cover Image: Obiit, 1962, bronze, 71 x 23 x 21 cm, 28 x 9 x 8 1/4 in
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