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Floating Realities: The Art of Masami Teraoka

Masami Teraoka
Teraoka's ('68 MFA Fine Arts) Solo Exhibition at the Nicholas & Lee Begovich Gallery

Floating Realities: The Art of Masami Teraoka ('68 MFA Fine Arts) is on view at Cal State Fullerton’s Nicholas & Lee Begovich Gallery through March 2, 2017. Focusing on the Japanese influences in Teraoka’s work, the artist's drawings and paintings are exhibited alongside examples of historical Japanese prints.

Masami Teraoka’s work integrates fantasy, humor, history and wry observations on present-day life. Born near Hiroshima, Japan, Teraoka moved to the U.S. in 1961 to pursue art studies. In the 1970s, his work explored modern versions of Ukiyo-e prints imbued with personal commentary and depicted the clash of Eastern and Western cultures. His more recent large-scale narrative paintings combine elements of the Japanese woodblock print with inspiration from Renaissance church art and often illustrate social and political controversies. Teraoka has had over 70 solo exhibitions around the world including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. His work is included in over 50 public collections worldwide. 

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Image: Masami Teraoka, McDonald's Hamburgers Invading Japan / Geisha and Tattooed Woman, 1975, watercolor paper.