Kazuo Nakamura

Prairie Towers

1956
Nakamura described paintings such as this as “transformed landscape scene[s]” comprising “abstract structures based on today’s external form of orderliness and concept of function and purpose.” While he belonged to Painters Eleven, there was no shared style that unified its various members. Here, Nakamura’s abstraction of the landscape – in particular the grain elevators common to Canada’s prairies – is entirely of his own invention.
Title
Prairie Towers
Date
1956
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on masonite
Dimensions
86.5 x 122.4 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1956
Accession number
6465