Archive for September 7, 2014

Artist of the moment……..Fumio Kitaoka


Fumio Kitaoka was a wonderful Japanese woodblock artist born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1918. Kitaoka was renown for his prints of landscapes.

Kitaoka studied a western style of painting at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. The artist also studied at the Ecole des Beaux Artes located in Parisk France where he studied printmaking and in particular engraving.

Engraving is similar to the Japanese woodblock print but in engraving you cut against the grain. In a traditional Japanese woodblock print you cut with the grain.

Price range information: Works range from $800 to $5,000.

I have seen the prints of forest by this artist. He did a great job at finding patterns in the leaves and foliage in the landscape.


Fumio Kitaoka passed away in 2007.

Price range information: Sorry none available.


Artist of the moment……….Oscar Howe




Oscar Howe was a born in Joe, South Dakota in the year 1915. Howe was a fantastic painter of the Native American Indian and its culture. Howe painted the figure in a very modernist style.

Howe was a master at portraying movement in his paintings. I am impressed in his group scenes by the detail to clothing and facial expressions he gives each person. These large works that show a crowd in a circle are amazing! Its like fifty different portraits of different heads all facing different directions, simply amazing.

Another great feature of Howe’s art is his painting of hair. Its full of color and movement that adds to liveliness of his artwork.

Oscar Howe represented the Yanktonai Native American Indian. The Yanktonai are found in both North and South Dakota.

Howe served in World War 2 and then attended Dakota Wesleyan University located in Mitchell, South Dakota earning a B.F.A. Howe went on to earn a M.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma located in Norman, Oklahoma.

Howe also worked for the Works Progress Administration. This was a great experience for the artist  as he learned to paint large murals.

The artist taught at the collegiate level for many years at the University of South Dakota  located in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Oscar Howe passed away in 1983.

In this clip we view many works by Howe including his beginning paintings which were similar to many other artists of the region. He found his own palette and style but sometimes was rejecting for shows as his paintings weren’t Indian enough:

Price range information: The artist painted in casein, gouache, and tempera. No pricing information available.