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 Henry Fukuhara  (1913 - 2010)

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Lived/Active: California/New York      Known for: abstract landscape

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BIOGRAPHY for Henry Fukuhara
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Birth
1913 (Santa Monica, California)
 
Death
2010 (Brea, California)

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California/New York

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Los Angeles, Henry Fukuhara studied with Edgar Whitney, Rex Brandt, Robert Wood and Carl Molno. From 1987 to 1996, he taught art in Tokyo, and then taught art in high school and workshops in California and on the East Coast. He has been a resident of Santa Monica and according to Greg Sutton, in a note of June 2003, is still living in Santa Monica at the age of 90 and does watercolor work shops sometimes together with Milford Zornes.
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The following is from Tad Kamiya:

I just me Henry Fukuhara last night (August 2001) at workshop exhibition. So information I provided is current from his personal mouth. He has never taught art in Japan as your Bio states between 1987-1996. Instead he was invited by some Japanese art organization to show some of his works between 1988-1997. Never spent anytime teaching watercolor in Japan. Also he stated that he started his art career after reaching 60 years; until then he was in flower trade. His art career started in Long Island New York before coming to California.

Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1936; Beverly Hills Woman’s Club, 1937.
Memberships:
National Watercolor Society. 

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Santa Monica, CA in 1914 of Japanese parents. While living in Los Angeles in the 1930s, Fukuhara studied at the Otis Art Institute while working as a landscape gardener. In his leisure he painted plein air landscapes and produced linoleum cuts. During WWII he was interned at the relocation camp in Manzanar where he remained until his early death. Exh: LACMA, 1936; Beverly Hills Woman’s Club, 1937.

Henry Fukuhara was a printmaker and watercolorist.  He was born in Santa Monica, CA on April 25, 1913 of Japanese parents.  While living in Los Angeles in the 1930s, Fukuhara studied at Otis Art Institute while working as a landscape gardener.  In his leisure he painted plein air landscapes and produced linoleum cuts.  During WWII he was interned at the relocation camp in Manzanar.  After the war, he moved to Long Island, New York and established a floral business.  In 1987, he returned to Santa Monica where he continued to teach and mentor young artists.  He died in Brea, CA on January 31, 2010.
Source:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Los Angeles Times, 8-16-1936, p.3 & 4-11-1943.
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