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Courthouse Gallery - "GO HOME" by Paul Akira Miyamoto

Lake George Arts Project's Courthouse Gallery : 1 Amherst St, Lake George, NY  12845

Check out Paul Akira Miyamoto's solo exhibition of work!  Miyamoto's grandparents came to the United States from Kumamoto, Japan and worked as itinerant farmers throughout the central coast of California and the desert of the Imperial Valley.  During WWII they, along with Paul's parents and oldest sibling, were sent to Poston Camp in Arizona.  The internment of naturalized citizens as well as Americans of Japanese descent, from 1941 to 1946, informs much of Paul's work of late. 

The figures in his paintings recall the Issei, a term used for first generation Japanese Americans who emigrated from Japan, but were not eligible for U.S. citizenship.  The distilled forms of field workers, often placed in landscapes drawn from his own memory, portray the strength and endurance of past family members, but could easily represent present-day immigrant farmworkers.