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Oral history interview with Frank S. Okada

Interviewee:
Okada, Frank S. (Frank Sumio), 1931-2000  Search this
Interviewer:
Johns, Barbara  Search this
Names:
Cornish School of Allied Arts (Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
Cranbrook Academy of Art -- Students  Search this
Northwest Asian American Project  Search this
University of Oregon -- Faculty  Search this
Bunce, Louis, 1907-1983  Search this
Charles, Ray, 1930-2004  Search this
Chin, Frank, 1940-  Search this
Davis, Sammy, 1925-  Search this
Derbyshire, Leon  Search this
Dusanne, Zoe, 1884-1977  Search this
Horiuchi, Paul, 1906-  Search this
Inada, Lawson Fusao  Search this
Ivey, William, 1919-1992  Search this
Jones, Quincy, 1933-  Search this
Kusama, Yayoi, 1929-  Search this
Martin, David Stone  Search this
Nomura, Kenjiro, 1896-1956  Search this
Okada, John  Search this
Peck, James Edward, 1907-  Search this
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Tsutakawa, George  Search this
Extent:
87 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1990 Aug. 16-17
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Frank Okada conducted 1990 Aug. 16-17, in Seattle, Wash., by Barbara Johns, for the Archives of American Art Northwest Asian American Project. Okada discusses his parents' background; his family including his brothers, John, author of "No-No Boy," and Charlie, a graphic designer; traveling to Japan for the Pacific Northwest Artists and Japan exhibition; being in an internment camp; painting in Eugene, Ore. and Seattle, Wash.; his painting techniques; studying under Leon Derbyshire; his connection with the jazz scene in Seattle in the late 1940s and 1950s including musicians Sammy Davis, Ray Charles, and Quincy Jones; attending Cornish School of Art, Seattle; meeting Mark Tobey; comparision of his painting style to Tobey's; his stint in the Army; attending Cranbrook Academy of Art and studying with painter Fred Mitchell; his Whitney fellowship in New York; study of Japanese, Chinese, and Zen paintings; working for Boeings in the early 1960s; traveling to France on a Guggenheim; teaching at University of Oregon in Eugene; his minimalist work; influence of Japanese art in his painting. Okada mentions Lawson Inada (Asian American poet), Frank Chin (Asian American playwright), artists David Stone Martin, James Edward Peck, Yayoi Kusama, George Tsutakawa, Paul Horiuchi, Ben Shahn, Kenjiro Nomura, Louis Bunce, Bill Ivey, and art gallery owner Zoe Dusanne.
Biographical / Historical:
Frank S. Okada (1931-2000) was a Japanese American painter based in Seattle, Washington. He taught at University of Oregon from 1969-1999.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 9 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hrs., 38 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Painters -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Sculptors -- United States  Search this
Topic:
Asian American art  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American art  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Art, Japanese American influences  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Painting, Japanese  Search this
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945  Search this
Painting, Zen  Search this
Painting, Chinese  Search this
Asian American painters  Search this
Asian American sculptors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.okada90
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-okada90
Online Media:

The Farm, (painting)

Painter:
Nomura, Kenjiro 1896-1956  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1964.1.36
Date:
1934
Topic:
Landscape--Farm  Search this
Landscape--Weather--Cloud  Search this
Architecture exterior--Farm--Barn  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08582817
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_391902

Farm Buildings, (painting)

Painter:
Nomura, Kenjiro 1896-1956  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Seattle Art Museum 100 University Street Seattle Washington 98101
Topic:
Landscape--Farm  Search this
Architecture exterior--Farm  Search this
Control number:
IAP 56490117
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_424616

Red Barns, (painting)

Painter:
Nomura, Kenjiro 1896-1956  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Seattle Art Museum 100 University Street Seattle Washington 98101
Topic:
Landscape--Farm  Search this
Architecture exterior--Farm--Barn  Search this
Control number:
IAP 56490118
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_424617

Street, (painting)

Painter:
Nomura, Kenjiro 1896-1956  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Seattle Art Museum 100 University Street Seattle Washington 98101
Topic:
Cityscape--Street  Search this
Control number:
IAP 56490119
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_424619

Untitled, (painting)

Painter:
Nomura, Kenjiro 1896-1956  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Seattle Art Museum 100 University Street Seattle Washington 98101
Date:
1952
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAP 56490208
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_424875

Barber Shop, (painting)

Painter:
Nomura, Kenjiro 1896-1956  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma Washington Accession Number: 2013.7.7
Date:
1942
Topic:
Landscape--Idaho--Minidoka  Search this
Architecture exterior--Commercial--Barbershop  Search this
Figure male  Search this
Recreation--Leisure--Reading  Search this
Object--Written Matter--Newspaper  Search this
Control number:
IAP 56650316
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_465561

Barracks, (painting)

Painter:
Nomura, Kenjiro 1896-1956  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma Washington Accession Number: 2013.7.8
Date:
1942
Topic:
Landscape--Idaho--Minidoka  Search this
Landscape--Time--Evening  Search this
Architecture exterior--Domestic  Search this
Figure male--Full length  Search this
Control number:
IAP 56650317
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_465562

Barracks and Recreation Hall, (painting)

Painter:
Nomura, Kenjiro 1896-1956  Search this
Medium:
Oil on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma Washington Accession Number: 2013.7.30
Date:
Ca. 1942-1945
Topic:
Landscape--Idaho--Minidoka  Search this
Architecture exterior--Domestic  Search this
Control number:
IAP 56650318
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_465563

Barracks and Water Tower, (painting)

Painter:
Nomura, Kenjiro 1896-1956  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma Washington Accession Number: 2013.7.10
Date:
1943
Topic:
Landscape--Idaho--Minidoka  Search this
Landscape--Weather--Sun  Search this
Landscape--Road  Search this
Architecture--Vehicle--Truck  Search this
Architecture exterior--Domestic  Search this
Architecture--Detail--Tower  Search this
Control number:
IAP 56650319
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_465564

Camp Harmony, (painting)

Painter:
Nomura, Kenjiro 1896-1956  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma Washington Accession Number: 2013.7.2
Date:
1942
Topic:
Landscape--Washington--Puyallup  Search this
Architecture exterior--Detail--Tower  Search this
Architecture exterior--Domestic  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Control number:
IAP 56650320
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_465565

Canal, (painting)

Painter:
Nomura, Kenjiro 1896-1956  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma Washington Accession Number: 2013.7.20
Date:
Ca. 1942-1945
Topic:
Waterscape--Canal  Search this
Landscape--Idaho--Minidoka  Search this
Landscape--Weather--Snow  Search this
Landscape--Season--Winter  Search this
Control number:
IAP 56650321
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_465566

Canteen, (painting)

Painter:
Nomura, Kenjiro 1896-1956  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma Washington Accession Number: 2013.7.5
Date:
1942
Topic:
Landscape--Idaho--Minidoka  Search this
Architecture exterior--Commercial--Restaurant  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Control number:
IAP 56650322
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_465567

From Barracks Window, (painting)

Painter:
Nomura, Kenjiro 1896-1956  Search this
Medium:
Oil on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma Washington Accession Number: 2013.7.17
Date:
Ca. 1942-1945
Topic:
Architecture interior--Domestic  Search this
Architecture interior--Detail--Window  Search this
Object--Furniture--Table  Search this
Object--Other--Appliance  Search this
Object--Other--Dish  Search this
Control number:
IAP 56650323
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_465568

Guard Tower, (painting)

Painter:
Nomura, Kenjiro 1896-1956  Search this
Medium:
Oil on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma Washington Accession Number: 2013.7.9
Date:
1943
Topic:
Landscape--Idaho--Minidoka  Search this
Landscape--Weather--Snow  Search this
Landscape--Season--Winter  Search this
Architecture exterior--Detail--Fence  Search this
Architecture exterior--Detail--Tower  Search this
Control number:
IAP 56650324
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_465569

Guard Tower at Night, (painting)

Painter:
Nomura, Kenjiro 1896-1956  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma Washington Accession Number: 2013.7.21
Date:
Ca. 1942-1945
Topic:
Landscape--Idaho--Minidoka  Search this
Landscape--Time--Night  Search this
Architecture exterior--Detail--Tower  Search this
Architecture exterior--Detail--Fence  Search this
Control number:
IAP 56650325
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_465570

Guard Tower in Snow, (painting)

Painter:
Nomura, Kenjiro 1896-1956  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma Washington Accession Number: 2013.7.26
Date:
Ca. 1942-1945
Topic:
Landscape--Idaho--Minidoka  Search this
Landscape--Weather--Snow  Search this
Landscape--Season--Winter  Search this
Architecture exterior--Detail--Tower  Search this
Architecture exterior--Detail--Fence  Search this
Control number:
IAP 56650326
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_465571

Gymnasium, (painting)

Painter:
Nomura, Kenjiro 1896-1956  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma Washington Accession Number: 2013.6
Date:
1945
Topic:
Landscape--Idaho--Minidoka  Search this
Figure female--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Domestic--Water Carrier  Search this
Architecture exterior--Commercial--Recreation  Search this
Control number:
IAP 56650327
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_465572

K-P, (painting)

Painter:
Nomura, Kenjiro 1896-1956  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma Washington Accession Number: 2013.7.4
Date:
1942
Topic:
Landscape--Idaho--Minidoka  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Architecture exterior--Domestic--Kitchen  Search this
Occupation--Domestic--Cooking  Search this
Control number:
IAP 56650328
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_465573

Ladies Picking Peas, (painting)

Painter:
Nomura, Kenjiro 1896-1956  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor and ink on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma Washington Accession Number: 2013.7.19
Date:
Ca. 1942-1943
Topic:
Landscape--Idaho--Minidoka  Search this
Landscape--Farm  Search this
Landscape--Plant--Pea  Search this
Figure group--Female  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Hat  Search this
Occupation--Farm--Harvesting  Search this
Architecture exterior--Domestic  Search this
Control number:
IAP 56650329
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_465574

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