1939 in Seattle, WA
Lives and works in Lawrence, KS
acrylic paint on canvas
of his career, Shimomura has combined Pop Art imagery with Japanese Ukiyo-e
woodblock print imagery to suggest the inherent conflicts of multiple identities.
Born in Seattle during WWII, he is a sansei, or third-generation Japanese-American.
Like many other Japanese-American families, his family was interned during
the war. This painting combines Shimomura’s childhood influences of
comic book heroes such as Superman, with Japanese figures to expose and
examine stereotypes of both cultures.