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Artist of the moment……….Hajime Namiki


Hajime Namiki is a Japanese woodblock master renown for his prints of trees. Hajime Namiki was born Tokyo, Japan in the year 1947.

Namiki studied with another master woodblock artist named Shigeru Ogura.Although he is associated with prints, Namiki began his art career as a sculptor. Ogura was a highly regarded sculptor Namiki began studying with him in 1965. The artist began to work with prints in the 1970s.

Namiki works often with oil pigments on paper. In addition he often uses gold and silver leaf in his work.

The paper he uses is Torinoko Paper.

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Trees are a wonderful subject because they have very interesting texture in the bark. The artist can also use the shapes of the leaves and negative space between branches in addition to color to make trees a wonderful subject to use for expression.

Some other fantastic artists who are renown for their work with trees include Scott Duce, Richard Schmid, Albert Handell, and Lynn Boggess. Natasha Wescoat, and Peter Hoffer.



Artist of the moment……Clifton Karhu


Clifton Karhu was a wonderful printmaker born in Duluth, Minnesota in the year 1927. Karhu was fortunate in that both of his parents were artists, but he decided to join the Army.

Karhu was stationed in Japan, and the artist fell in love with the culture and atmosphere.

After his stint in the military was finished he enrolled at what is now called the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Its easy to see the love that Karhu had for the Japanese culture. The artist had a twin brother who said that Clifton didn’t own any western clothes and preferred to wear a kimono.

After working mainly in oils and watercolors the artist studied and mastered to art of woodblock printing in the early 1960s. After this time period he was considered one of the best of all time as far a woodblock printing and was included in top printmaking shows worldwide.

Here we view a montage of works by Clifton Karhu:


Most of Karhu’s work has to do with the landscapes of Japan. What I enjoy most is his use of color and strong graphic design. We can learn a great deal from studying the work of this artist!

For instance if you have the same shape repeated over and over such as a window with square or rectangle shape. Just repeat the shape FREEHAND! Don’t use a ruler and try to make each window exactly one half inch for example. Just use an approximation and go with it! Your work will look much stronger as a result.

Clifton Karhu passed away in 2007.

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