Incarceration is provocatively recalled by Tom Nakashima’s large, nearly neoclassical paintings. Nakashima’s riveting oil and bronze leaf “Sanctuary with Sunset” and collage “Cage with Newspaper No. 2” describe ambiguous structures that simultaneously shelter and imprison, recalling our government’s offical statement that Japanese Americans were only being detained for their own good during World War II.
Kinney Littlefield, Long Beach Press-Telegram
Nakashima’s motifs cut across traditionally defined boundaries between East and West, suggesting a synthesis of cultures which are so often cast as opposites, and allude to myths with a universal resonance....
Noriko Gamblin, The Japanese American Internment Reconsidered, Long Beach Museum of Art. Ca
Tom Nakashima was born in Seattle, Washington. He received an M.F.A. in 1967 from The University of Notre Dame. He spent 22 years in Washington DC where he taught at The Catholic University of America and exhibited with Henri Gallery and Anton Gallery. He exhibited extensively at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in NY. Nakashima is Morris Eminent Scholar Emeritus at Augusta University and Emeritus Professor at The Catholic University of America. His works are in the permanent collections of over 50 public collections. Included are the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Mint Museum, Long Beach Museum of Art, The Ogden Museum of Art, The Muscarelle Museum of The College of William & Mary and The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum of Rutgers University, The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum of Washington University and The Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg Russia. Awards include: The Joan Mitchell Fellowship, Awards in The Visual Arts 11, DC Commission on the Arts (1984, 1988 & 1989), The Mayor's Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Washington, DC (1991); Mid Atlantic Visual Arts Fellowship (NEA - 1992 & 1996); Individual Artist Fellowship, (2002) Virginia Commission for the Arts; and National Printmaking Fellowship (NEA), Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking (1993). His work has been reviewed or written about in Art Forum International, Art in America, ARTNEWS, The New Art Examiner, Art Papers, New Americann Painting, The Washington Post, The NewYork Nichi Bei, The Chicago Sun Times and Contemporaranea. In addition to art publications his work has been reproduced in The Paris Review, Elle, Southern Living and House Beautiful.