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Featured Artists, Teiko Shimazaki

Mrs. Teiko Shimazaki- Profile
Mrs. Teiko Shimazaki
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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 (6th Ed.).

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.

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