~Past Event ~
Featured Artists, Teiko Shimazaki
|Mrs. Teiko Shimazaki- Profile
"Mrs. Haruko Shimizu
Teiko Shimazaki, daughter of a distinguished calligrapher and today
an accomplished artist in such fields as sumi-e, grew up in Tokyo
and by age 16 had opened her own art studio, working mainly as an
illustrator. Despite parental opposition and knowing little English,
she came to Seattle in 1963 on a Fulbright grant to study at the Cornish
School of Arts. She graduated with highest honors and then found a
host family to sponsor her further study in technical and industrial
illustration at UW.
Over the next decade she worked as an au pair and assistant restaurant
manager in order to continue developing her skills in both advertising
art and fine art. In 1973 she married artist/language teacher Leon
Applebaum-himself an immigrant-who encouraged her to focus more
on her art and who helped her place her work in art exhibitions.
During the early 70's "Boeing recession" the two used
the frugal Teiko's savings to begin buying houses at then depressed
prices and renovate them for rental and sale. That gave them the
wherewithal to better support Teiko's art, which came to include
sumi-e, oil painting, sculpture and print-making.
Through the years Teiko Shimazaki-Applebaum has created many award-winning
works of art now in private collections and museums in the United
States and Japan. She contributes to art development in this area
by serving as a juror in regional competitions. She is a member
of such regional art bodies as Professional Women Painters of Washington
and Puget Sound Sumi Artists and such national organizations as
the National Collage Society and the National League of American
PEN Women. For her many contributions to the art world she has been
included in the International Directory of Distinguished Leaders
Shimazaki-san recently had an autobiographical book, "Letters,"
published in Japan by Tokyo Tosho Shuppan Kai (Available at Kinokuniya
Books in the Seattle Uwajimaya). The work provides insights into how
Shimazaki's determination overcame the obstacles facing a young, unknown
Japanese woman as she struggled to succeed as an artist in this area.