The Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art presents the Tiura Obat exhibit "American modern". The exhibition displays more than 150 magnificent paintings and personal belongings, many of which have never been put on public display. In his work the master resorted to various techniques and styles. The artist challenged the traditions of the dichotomous classification of American-European and Japanese-Asian art.
Tyur Obat (1885 - 1975) was one of the most significant Japanese-American artists who worked on the West Coast in the last century. Born in Okayama, Japan. In 1903 he emigrated to the United States and began a seventy-year career. He became a leading figure in the art communities of Northern California, for nearly twenty years serving not only an influential art professor at the University of California at Berkeley, but also the founder of art schools in internment camps.