Artist of the moment……Chiura Obata

 

 

Chiura Obata was a wonderful Japanese painter and woodblock artist. Chiura Obata was born in Okayama prefecture Japan in the year 1885.

Chiura Obata was renown for his landscapes painted of the American National Park Yosemite. In this clip we view some of these treasures:

The artist was adopted by his uncle, who was a professional artist, when Obata was very young. From his early teens Obata was able to study and learn from many masters including his uncle.

Obata made his way to the United States in 1903 settling down in San Francisco where he did illustration work for the areas leading Japanese newspapers.

This artist also spent time in a Japanese internment camp.

For nearly two decades Obata taught at the collegiate level at the University of California at Berkeley. After he retired Obata would lead tour groups to Japan. Obata took charge of the tour and showed people the fantastic gardens and Japanese art.

Price range information: Prints start at $2,000. Originals in watercolors and ink can reach $25,000.

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