Ikki Matsumoto, Japanese (1935 - )

1935 Ikki was born in Tokyo, Japan to a well-known cartoonist and Children's book illustrator.
1955 Came to the United States to study at the John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana where his older brother was a sculpture student.
1957 Transferred to the Art Academy of Cincinnati to study under the renowned humorous wildlife artist, Charles Harper.
1959 Graduated from art school and began work at a Cincinnati advertising agency. Married fellow student, Polly Adamson.

1961 Rand McNally published a two volume book of punch out animals designed by Ikki. Left the agency to work at an art studio.

1970 Still working in the advertising field as an illustrator and designer, Ikki and Polly moved to a 50 acre farm in Loveland, Ohio. The family grew to two sons, one daughter, five horses, one donkey, three dogs, a lot of cats, four goats, a dozen or so chickens, a few ducks, one monkey and a skunk.
1972 Ikki left the Studio and established his own business at the farm. His works included: book illustration, newspaper ads, package and display designs, etc. He was commissioned to illustrate the latest edition of THE JOY OF COOKING.
1975 Unsatisfied with the advertising field, Ikki and his family moved from the Ohio farm to Sanibel Island, Florida. There he established a new career as a painter and printmaker using the native birds as his subjects.
1980 To be nearer his ailing father, Ikki and his family moved to Oregon where he produced a series of west coast landscape paintings. After one year they returned to Florida.

1985 Ikki was one of 50 artists chosen by first lady, Nancy Reagan to paint an Easter egg. It is now in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum. The C&S National Bank on Sanibel commissioned 30 original paintings which are now on public display throughout their building. It is the largest corporate collection of Ikki's work.

1987 The Matsumotos rescued an old beach house, moved it to Tarpon Bay Road and transformed it into a show place for Ikki's works as well as works by other artists and craftsmen.
1990 One of Japan's national television networks featured Ikki and his family in a 30 minute documentary. The program was one in a series which portrayed Japanese persons living successfully abroad with no business ties to big Japanese Corporations.
1991 Polly is managing the gallery while Ikki continues to produce paintings and prints for his exhibitions which are held biannually in Sanibel and Tokyo.

1997 Ikki and Polly closed their gallery on Sanibel so that they could devote more time and energy to painting and weaving.

1999 Moved to rural ARCADIA, Florida with enough acreage for two dogs, a horse and a pond full of Koi.
2002 Returned to the island and re-opened their gallery.
2005 Ikki continues to produce paintings and prints. He designs annual posters for the island news paper and other local organizations. He and Polly participate in an annual group exhibit at Big Arts.
2006 Matsumotos retire from the retail gallery business and move to a small town in rural Ohio. He continues to paint and markets his work through local galleries. He was asked to join a group of wild life artists called Masterwork For Nature.

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