Born in Minnesota, Clifton Karhu lived and worked in Japan for more than fifty years, becoming one of the most important western artists working in the medium of traditional Japanese woodblock prints. Karhu served in Japan as a soldier in the U.S. Army, studying at the Minneapolis School of Art before returning to Japan permanently in the early 1950s. Karhu's colorful images of Japan, mostly of Kyoto where he lived, are lively designs celebrating the beauty and wonder of Japan and its ancient culture. His jewel-like colors, bold line work, and lyrical patterns create a vibrant portrait of his adopted country. Karhu exhibited widely, both in Japan and internationally, and his work can be seen in museums such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Handsome design from a group of Karhu woodblocks published by Unsodo of Kyoto. It is mounted to board in the traditional, nearly square shikishiban format with gold trim at the edges, ready for display. Printed signature.
Clifton Karhu (1927 - 2007)
10 5/8" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown
This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight wear at edges. Please see photos for details.