Clifton Karhu (1927-2007)

An American of Finnish descent, Karhu settled in Japan in 1955 as a missionary and teacher. Having previously studied art in the USA, he continued to paint using his style of bright colours and bold black lines. He was taught the art of woodblock printing by Tetsuo Yamada, a technique which suited his style of work. His works which are highly sought after and distinctive often captured traditional Japan, creating moods with his intense colours.

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