On Display: Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani at the Morikami

The work of Japanese-American artist Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani can be described in three words: indomitable, pragmatic, and playful. Born in Sacramento, California, and raised in Hiroshima, Japan, Mirikitani returned to the United States at 18 with the dream of becoming an artist, but was forced to stay at an internment center during World War II. Throughout this and other tumultuous life events, Mirikitani found solace in art.

Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani - Mother and Baby - Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Mother and Baby, 1999 – 2006

Mixed media

Courtesy of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani and Linda Hattendorf

Loaned by the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle

Beginning October 6, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens (561-495-0233) in Delray Beach showcases the late artist’s work and spirit in the exhibition “Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani.” The 30 mixed-media creations on display undercut powerful themes, such as war and racial discrimination, with the healing effects of hope, forgiveness, and cats.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens - Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani - Cat with Okinawa White Fish

Cat with Okinawa White Fish

1999 – 2006

Mixed media

Courtesy of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani and Linda Hattendorf

Loaned by the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle

 

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