Henry Fukuhara

About Henry Fukuhara

a Watercolor of Henry Fukuhara by John Salchak

“Henry” – Watercolor by John Salchak

Henry Fukuhara was a Japanese-American watercolorist, florist, and teacher. He is renown (among other accomplishments) for his annual painting workshops held at the Manzanar Relocation Camp, where he and countless other Japanese Americans were interned during World War II.

His unique, abstract style, and affable personality made him a leader of the California watercolor movement. Henry succumbed to glaucoma in the early 2000’s, and gradually lost his vision. Henry was completely blind between the years 2005 and 2010; Despite this, he continued to paint (with the help of an assistant to put paint on his brush, and position his hand to make the brushstrokes). Many of the resulting “blind” paintings can be seen in the gallery below.

In 2010, Henry passed away. He is survived by his loving family, His annual Manzanar Workshop, and his extraordinary works of art on display here and around the world.

“If you are a painter, you can move mountains, you can move trees.”

Henry Fukuhara
4/25/1913 – 1/31/2010







“Fukuhara’s abstract landscape watercolors are 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 is a member of the prestigious National Watercolor Society, as well as an honorary member of Watercolor West.”

Rafu Shimpo (LA Japanese Daily News)

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