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15ExhibitionMarch2-April282013PublicPresentation7p.m.April42013WorkshopPaintingandaPhilosophyofLifetakesplace9a.m.-4p.m.April5-72013AbouttheWorkshopIsitpossibletoproduceapaintingthatsynchronizeswithonesphilosophyoflifeThisconceptwillbeexploredduringthethreedayworkshopPaintingandaPhilosophyofLife.Eachartistwillselectatraditionalmyththatisaprofoundallegoricalvehicleforrepresentingabigidea.Bybringingthisbigideaintothe21stcenturyparticipantswillbeabletoexploretheirownpersonalphilosophyoflifeandpaintingmethodastheybeginworkononelargepainting.Eachparticipatingartistshouldcomepreparedtodiscusspersonalideasandphilosophicalleaningsthatdirecttheirlivesandbewillingtoinvestigatenewdirectionsthatbringtogetherartlifegoals.AbouttheArtistInternationallyrenownedpainterandprintmakerTomNakashimaisthegreat-grandsonofasamuraiwarriorandnephewoffurniturelegendGeorgeNakashima.Afterthreeyearsofserviceinthe101stAirborneNakashimareturnedtohishometownofDubuqueIowawherehereceivedabachelorsdegreefromLorasCollegein1965.HeearnedMAandMFAdegreesfromtheUniversityofNotreDamein1966and1967respectively.HisworkhasappearedinorbeenreviewedbyhundredsofinternationalpublicationsincludingArtinAmericaNewAmericanPaintingsTheWashingtonPostTheParisReviewandElleMagazine.NakashimahasreceivednumerousawardsandfellowshipsoverthecourseofhisimpressivecareerincludingaMid-AtlanticNationalEndowmentfortheArtsFellowshipanAwardfortheVisualArtsfromTheSoutheastCenterforContemporaryArtandwasa2004nationalrecipientoftheprestigiousJoanMitchellAwardforPaintersandSculptors.Nakashimaisaveteranofmorethan30soloexhibitionswithworkfoundinmorethan50permanentcollectionsacrosstheUnitedStatesandJapanincludingtheNationalMuseumofAmericanArtWashingtonD.C.theCorcoranGalleryofArtWashingtonD.C.andtheLongBeachMuseumofArtLongBeachCA.NakashimaisaprofessoremeritusoftheCatholicUniversityofAmericaWashingtonD.C.wherehetaughtformorethan20yearsandmostrecentlyservedastheWilliamS.MorrisEminentScholarinArtatAugustaStateUniversityAugustaGAfrom2003-2010.AbouttheArtistsWorkNakashimawhowasborntoaJapanese-AmericanfatherandanIrish-CanadianmotherdrawsfrombothEasternandWesterntraditionstocreatemonumentalworksofartthatremindusofthemetaphoricalpowerofnaturalforms.Heisheavilyinfluencedbyphilosophyandtheologyandwell-knownforhisdeftuseofallegoryandsymbolisminhiswork.Nakashimastreepilepaintingsgiganticpilesoftangledtwistedtreetrunksandlimbsaddresspressingenvironmentalconcernssuchasdeforestationandurbansprawlaswellashispersonalobservancesonaging.Theseheroicworksaswellastheirmoreintimatecounterpartssynthesizepaintingtechniqueswithrecycledpapercollageelementstoformafusionofsubtlecolorandtexture.TomNakashimaWalterGropiusMasterArtistSeriesPresentsTomNakashimaWestwoodRoadNocturne2006.Magazinecollageandchalklineoncanvas110x165.Imagecourtesyoftheartist.