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About Clifton Karhu (1927–2007)
Clifton Karhu was American born (Duluth, Minnesota) and educated (Minneapolis School of Art, class of 1952), who lived in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto beginning in 1955, mastered Japanese language, customs, and all of the cutting and printing techniques of traditional Japanese woodblock prints. It has been noted by some that Karhu became more Japanese than the native-born, wearing traditional attire as he walked the neighborhoods of his beloved Kyoto. He was the first foreign member of the Japan Print Association, and was President of the Kyoto chapter for a time. Karhu's style employed  a rich blend of colors and strong overprinting of black line that was a distinct departure from earlier Japanese print styles. Many of his subjects were drawn from locations in and around Kyoto, and in particular he was fond of using architectural elements which lent a linearity and stability brightly colored prints. Karhu also produced an number of portrait's of the ex patriot community in Japan including many dealers, writers and artisans. Today Karhu's works are represented in the Cincinnati Museum, Harvard University Museum, St. Paul, Minnesota Museum, MFA Boston, as well as in many corporate, and innumerable private collections.

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