Henry Fukuhara (1913-2011) was a Nisei watercolorist who painted vibrant landscapes and served as a teacher and mentor to a generation of artists.
Mr. Fukuhara’s abstract landscape watercolors are also represented in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Bernardino Museum of Art, and the Japanese American National Museum. He is listed in “Who’s Who in American Art” and was a member of the National Watercolor Society, as well as an honorary member of Watercolor West.
Mr. Fukuhara’s annual Paint Outs in the Owens Valley attracted more than 80 painters ranging from amateurs to professionals. All were drawn by their affection for Mr. Fukuhara, who would wear a floppy brimmed hat as he energetically painted the dramatic vistas of the Alabama Hills, Mt. Whitney and Manzanar. A former Manzanar internee, his workshop increased awareness of the Japanese American experience during World War II.
This painting was donated to the Permanent Collection by his friend and fellow artist John Bernard.