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Miki Hayakawa, Portrait of Bill Ford

Miki Hayakawa, Portrait of Bill Ford

Miki Hayakawa
1899 Hokkaido, Japan−1953 Santa Fe, New Mexico
Portrait of Bill Ford
1946
oil on canvas board
19 ½ x 15 ½ in.
lent by Astilli Fine Art Services, Santa Fe
photo courtesy of lender

The government first detained noted California painter Miki Hayakawa at the Stockton, California, Assembly Center, and then sent her to the Santa Fe Justice Department Camp. The camp released her and she was then permitted to live in town. Hayakawa spent the war years as an active member of a group of Santa Fe artists organized around the teachings of modernist painter Alfred Morang. In 1947 Hayakawa married Preston McCrosson (1894−1981), another member of Morang's artist group. Her portrayal of Bill Ford offers a sensitive depiction of another painter in the group.