Original Clifton Karhu (1927 - 2007) Japanese Woodblock Print
Clifton Karhu - 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 coloful 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.
Comments - Great image of a couple holding hands at Eigamura (literally Movie Village) in Uzumasa, Kyoto. The Movie Village is a theme park associated with Toei film that includes period sets from the Edo and Meiji eras along with other attractions. Karhu's characteristic bold black line work creates a strong geometric framework for the beautifully composed and vibrantly colored scene.
- C. Karhu in pencil in bottom margin, dated "83"
- S 53/150
Artist - Clifton Karhu (1927 - 2007)
Image Size - 12" x 16" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at top corners from previous mounting. Slight toning and spotting, a couple creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.