Hiroshi Nakamura (artist)

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Sunagawa No.5", oil on plywood painting by Hiroshi Nakamura, 1955

Hiroshi Nakamura (中村 宏, Nakamura Hiroshi, born September 20, 1932 Shizuoka Prefecture) is a Japanese artist who has worked in 'reportage' and surrealist styles.[1][2] Early works, like "Sunagawa No.5" (1955) and "The Base," (1957) critiqued the U.S. military presence in Japan. The protests represented in "Sunagawa No.5", the Sunagawa Struggle, were a response to the planned expansion of Tachikawa Airfield.[3] His later art took a more surrealist turn, with common motifs being high school girls and methods of locomotion, including planes and trains.[4]


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  2. ^ "Hiroshi Nakamura". Visual Arts Library. The Legacy Project. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Hoaglund, Linda. "Protest Art in 1950s Japan: The Forgotten Reportage Painters - Nakamura Hiroshi". MIT OpenCourseWare. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  4. ^ C.B. Liddell (15 February 2007). "Hiroshi Nakamura: A cockeyed view of reality". The Japan Times. Retrieved 5 January 2011.