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GEORGE TSUTAKAWA (1910-1997) signed book on Northwest School artist

GEORGE TSUTAKAWA (1910-1997) signed book on Northwest School artist

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A HAND SIGNED copy of the 1990 soft cover book by Martha Kingsbury, University of Washington art history professor, "George Tsutakawa", describing the life journey of one of the treasured artists of the Northwest School at mid century. Tsutakawa signed in marker on the title page, adding "Seattle 1990". The book, 11" by 9" and approximately 160 pages, includes black and white and color photographs illustrating Tsutakawa's life and work. That work included woodcut prints, watercolors, paintings, and notably, sculpture, some of large scale, including the some 70 plus fountains he created for public spaces worldwide. Tsutakawa was born in Seattle but was in Japan as a youth, where he absorbed the culture. World War II saw him inducted into the American armed forces, as his non-native born family members were forced into internment camps, suffering the loss of their businesses. After the war, the artist pursued his art career, teaching at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1947 through 1976. The artist was a friend of Mark Tobey, Paul Horiuchi, John Matsudaira and other art notables of the region, and his Mercer Island home became a kind of unofficial cultural center for the artistically gifted. Tsutakawa died of natural causes in 1997 not long after signing this copy. An online search has not located other signed copies so this must be scarce. The cover shows some light wear and some page corners near the back are slightly dog-eared. Overall a scarce and desirable item.