ROGER SHIMOMURA - JAPANESE INTERNMENT ART - 10 ORIGINAL HAND PAINTED LITHOGRAPHS - SIGNED ARTIST'S BOOK Copy #4 of 30
1942-1944 / MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD. ROGER SHIMOMURA, ARTIST'S BOOK.
TEN HAND PAINTED AND HAND PRINTED COLOR LITHOGRAPHS in a HANDMADE BOOK - EDITION OF 30.
SIGNED, NUMBERED and DATED by the ARTIST, ROGER SHIMOMURA, on the Colophon Page (the last page). This is Copy #4 of 30.
The ten color lithographs are printed on 10x12 inch Somerset, Soft White and Japanese Goyu paper, the images are 7x10 inches.
Published by the Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York City and The Lawrence Lithography Workshop, Sundland Park, New Mexico, 1999.
From the Colophon Page: "This book of lithographs by Roger Shimomura is a co-publication project of the Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York City and The Lawrence Lithography Workshop, Sundland Park, New Mexico. The images are derived from a series of paintings about the artist's experience as a child in Minidoka Concentration Camp in Hunt, Idaho, during World War II. The key line images were drawn by the artist on mylar and exposed to positive working plates. The color plates were hand painted under the artist's direction...The prints were hand printed by Michael Sims at The Lawrence Lithography Workshop on a direct pressure flatbed press...The binding and cover assembly were done by Priscilla Spitler at Hands on Bookbinding in Smithville, Texas. There are 30 books in the edition."
Artist's Statement: "Because I was so young at the time, the memories I have are very few, but those that I have maintained are still quite vivid. This series of works represents nearly all of those memories, that is, all of them except for one. As wonderful as it had seemed to live close to most of my friends and relatives, I remember never fully understanding exactly why we moved, and wondering if we were ever going to go back home."
When originally published in 1999 the book was priced at $8,000.
Condition: There is a bump to the bottom of the spine affecting the bottom blank spine corner of the inner pages, and a slight bump to the top of the spine only affecting that corner of a few preliminary pages. Otherwise bright, brilliant, and very scarce.