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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:

Oral history interview with Frank S. Okada, 1990 Aug. 16-17

Interviewee:
Okada, Frank S. (Frank Sumio), 1931-2000  Search this
Okada, Frank S. (Frank Sumio), 1931-2000  Search this
Interviewer:
Johns, Barbara  Search this
Subject:
Bunce, Louis  Search this
Charles, Ray  Search this
Chin, Frank  Search this
Davis, Sammy  Search this
Derbyshire, Leon  Search this
Dusanne, Zoe  Search this
Horiuchi, Paul  Search this
Inada, Lawson Fusao  Search this
Ivey, William  Search this
Jones, Quincy  Search this
Kusama, Yayoi  Search this
Martin, David Stone  Search this
Nomura, Kenjiro  Search this
Okada, John  Search this
Peck, James Edward  Search this
Shahn, Ben  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Tsutakawa, George  Search this
Cornish School of Allied Arts (Seattle, Wash.)  Search this
University of Oregon  Search this
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
Northwest Asian American Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
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
Theme:
Asian American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11693
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216548
AAA_collcode_okada90
Theme:
Asian American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216548
Online Media:

Zenga o yomu Kageyama Sumio

Title:
禅画を読む / 影山純夫
Author:
Kageyama, Sumio 1947-  Search this
Physical description:
127 pages illustrations, maps 19 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Japan
Date:
2011
Topic:
Calligraphy, Chinese  Search this
Calligraphy, Japanese  Search this
Zen painting  Search this
Zen art  Search this
Kalligraphie  Search this
Malerei  Search this
Schriftkunst  Search this
Zen-Buddhismus  Search this
Zenmalerei  Search this
Zenshubijutsu  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_995783

Die zen-buddhistische Bildnismalerei in China und Japan von der Anfängen bis zum Ende des 16. Jahrhunderts : eine Untersuchung zur Ikonographie, Typen- und Entwicklungsgeschichte / Helmut Brinker

Author:
Brinker, Helmut  Search this
Physical description:
x, 279 p., 38 p of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Japan
Date:
1973
Topic:
Zen portrait painting  Search this
Buddhist portrait painting  Search this
Call number:
759.95 .B8
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_849555

Zendera no eshitachi : Minchō, Reisai, Sekkyakushi / [henshū Yamaguchi Kenritsu Bijutsukan, Iwai Tomoji, Fukushima Tsunenori]

Title:
禅̀寺の絵師たち: 明兆・霊彩・赤脚子 / [編集山口県立美術館, 岩井共二, 福島恒徳]
Painters of Zen temple
Author:
Minchō 1352-1431  Search this
Reisai active 1430-1450  Search this
Sekkyakushi active 15th century  Search this
Iwai, Tomoji  Search this
Fukushima, Tsunenori  Search this
Yamaguchi Kenritsu Bijutsukan  Search this
Subject:
Minchō 1352-1431  Search this
Reisai active 1430-1450  Search this
Sekkyakushi active 15th century  Search this
Physical description:
221 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Japan
Date:
1998
Heisei 10 [1998]
Kamakura-Momoyama periods, 1185-1600
Topic:
Buddhist painting  Search this
Zen painting  Search this
Painting, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
ND197 .Z4 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_849876

Zen : masters of meditation in images and writings / Helmut Brinker and Hiroshi Kanazawa ; translated by Andreas Leisinger

Author:
Brinker, Helmut 1939-2012  Search this
Kanazawa, Hiroshi 1935-  Search this
Museum Rietberg  Search this
Physical description:
384 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Japan
Kyoto
Date:
1996
Kamakura-Momoyama periods, 1185-1600
Topic:
Buddhist painting  Search this
Zen painting  Search this
Painting, Japanese  Search this
Zen calligraphy  Search this
Zen Buddhism in art  Search this
Zen Buddhism in literature  Search this
Call number:
N8193.3.Z4 B713 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_852168

Shussan Shaka-Darstellungen in der Malerei Ostasiens : Untersuchungen zu einem Bildthema der buddhistischen Figurenmalerei / Helmut Brinker

Author:
Brinker, Helmut 1939-2012  Search this
Subject:
Gautama Buddha  Search this
Physical description:
276 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Art
Place:
Japan
China
Date:
1983
C1983
Topic:
Buddhist painting  Search this
Zen painting  Search this
Painting, Japanese  Search this
Painting, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
ND197 .B68
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_871228

Playful nonduality : Japanese Zen interpretations of landscape paintings from the Ōei era (1394-1427) / Joseph D. Parker

Author:
Parker, Joseph D  Search this
Physical description:
x, 366 leaves : ill
Type:
Books
Date:
1989
Kamakura-Momoyama periods, 1185-1600
To 1868
Topic:
Ink painting--Zen influences  Search this
Ink painting, Japanese  Search this
Landscape painting, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
ND2071 .P34 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_873914

Zen in the art of painting / Helmut Brinker ; translated by George Campbell

Author:
Brinker, Helmut 1939-2012  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1987
Topic:
Zen painting  Search this
Buddhist painting  Search this
Painting, Chinese  Search this
Painting, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
ND197 .B69
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_875980

Ōbaku bijutsu no shomondai : kaiga o chūshin ni : kenkyū happyō to zadankai / [henshū daihyōsha Fujisawa Norio]

Title:
黄檗美術の諸問題 : 絵画を中心に : 研究発表と座談会 / [編集代表者藤澤令夫]
Author:
Fujisawa, Norio 1925-2004  Search this
Physical description:
12, 19, vi p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
1994
Heisei 6 [1994]
Topic:
Zen painting--Conferences  Search this
Zen art--Conferences  Search this
Call number:
N8193.3.Z4 O24 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_883381

Ōbaku Zenrin no kaiga / Nishigori Ryōsuke

Title:
黄檗禅林の絵画 / 錦織亮介
Author:
Nishigori, Ryōsuke 1943-  Search this
Physical description:
319 p., [40] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Japan
Date:
2006
Heisei 18 [2006]
Edo period, 1600-1868
Topic:
Zen painting  Search this
Zen art  Search this
Buddhist painting  Search this
Painting, Japanese  Search this
Ōbaku (Sect)  Search this
Call number:
N8193.3.Z4 N57 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_919014

Komazawa Daigaku Zen Bunka Rekishi Hakubutsukan zōhin mokuroku. Kaiga, bokuseki hen. 1 / [henshū Komazawa Daigaku Zen Bunka Rekishi Hakubutsukan]

Title:
駒澤大学禅文化歴史博物館蔵品目錄. 絵画・墨蹟編 / [編集 駒澤大学禅文化歴史博物館]
Zōhin mokuroku : Kaiga, bokuseki hen
蔵品目錄 : 絵画・墨蹟編
Author:
Komazawa Daigaku Zen Bunka Rekishi Hakubutsukan  Search this
Subject:
Komazawa Daigaku Zen Bunka Rekishi Hakubutsukan  Search this
Physical description:
v. : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Japan
Date:
2004
2004-
Edo period, 1600-1868
Topic:
Zen art  Search this
Buddhist painting  Search this
Buddhist calligraphy  Search this
Call number:
N8193.3.Z4 K66
N8193.3.Z4 K66
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_921050

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