SADAKO

ABOUT SADAKO

 

Walking down on the narrow brick street accordion playing chanson in the air, this was in Sadako Lewis’s teen around 1960’s that her father, his black beret hat on, had dreamed traveling to France accompanying her. He was an Impressionist painter who followed French masters like Renoir, Pissarro, Monet, etc. His subject matters were figurative and landscape.

Sadako’s interest in art did not start until after her father’s death in 1985. His legacy needed to be carried on which she was one to do so although she was not able to pick up the brushes until the late 1990s. Where her father followed the early 19 Century art, Sadako’s interest was toward the Neo Impressionists like van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, etc.   

Lewis met Joan Mitchell’s large paintings in New Orleans at New Orleans Art Museum in 2010. It was her “A Ha!” moment. She changed the course twice in her artistic career. Daughter had been an Expressionist versus father’s Impressionist. Joan Mitchell influenced Sadako to change her artistic discipline 180 degrees into Abstract Expressionism. Studying the history of Abstract Expressionism was even more escalating her fascination to find that its movement started by many European artists immigrated to New York during and after the WWII.

Freedom, intuition and large canvases are the decisive motivations to change. Another change was oil to acrylic. Sadako was fascinated with versatility of acrylic not only its fast drying time but also creativeness to experiment with other mediums like drawing materials and collage into painting.  

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