Jerry T. Okimoto

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Laminated white pine and plywood sculpture by Jerry T. Okimoto in the Hawaii State Art Museum

Jerry T. Okimoto (Jerry Tsukio Okamoto, 1924–1998)[1] was a Japanese-American painter and sculptor who was born in Waianae, Hawaii.

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Okimoto is best known for his minimalist works consisting of several solid colored, geometrically shaped pieces of stretched canvas fitted together to form a single work. Since these works are essentially two-dimensional, they challenge the distinction between painting and sculpture. Double Image further challenges this distinction, in that it is totally abstract, but strongly suggests a vanishing point. In some of these works, the individual stretched canvases are moveable and are intended to be rearranged.[2] He also created non-moveable minimalist sculptures (such as laminated white pine and plywood sculpture in the Hawaii State Art Museum).

Mobile Painting #5, acrylic on canvas painting with moveable panel by Jerry T. Okimoto, c. 1975

Along with Satoru Abe, Bumpei Akaji, Edmund Chung, Tetsuo Ochikubo, James Park, and Tadashi Sato, Okimoto was a member of the Metcalf Chateau, a group of seven Asian-American artists with ties to Honolulu.[3]

The Hawaii State Art Museum, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Michelson Museum of Art (Marshall, Texas), the University of Michigan Museum of Art (Ann Arbor, Michigan),[4] and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City) are among the public collections holding work by Jerry Okimoto. Jerry Okimoto died in 1998.


  1. ^ David Rumsey. "Study #3". Cartography Associates. AKAG.K1958:14. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  2. ^ "Study #3". Leiden University Library. TN_luna_amiAMICO~1~1~8296~93697. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  3. ^ Matsumoto, Lacy (July 28, 2008). "Hawaii artist honors late friend with exhibition - Satoru Abe to show his work alongside pieces by Jerry Okimoto at Nu'uanu Gallery". Honolulu Advertiser. p. D1.
  4. ^ "Exchange|Search: artist:"Jerry Okimoto"". Retrieved 2020-03-11.