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Karhu, Clifton (1927 - 2007)

Born in Duluth, Minnesota, Clifton Karhu graduated from the Minneapolis School of Art in 1952. He lived in Japan from 1955. He was active as a painter in oil, watercolor and sumi before taking up woodblock prints in the early 1960's. A member of the Nihon Hanga Kyokai since 1964, Karhu has had many solo shows throughout Japan. His prints often depict typical Japanese buildings, temples, rooftops and shops using bold lines, patterns and strong colors.

Clifton Karhu works have been commissioned by major firms in Japan and Hong Kong and are represented in collections, including Cincinnati; Harvard University; St. Paul, Minnesota and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.