Conrad Buff, California artist, David Dee Fine Arts

Conrad Buff 1886 - 1975

Zion, 1931


12.50 x 17.25 inches

Retail Price $5,000

Summer Sale Price $3,950

Ina Annette, Rock Candy Mountain, Utah

Ina Agnes Annett (1901 - 1990)

Rock Candy Mountain, Utah, 1931


9 x 13 inches

Retail Price $2,000

Summer Sale Price $1,250


Influenced by her association with Georgia O’Keefe, Ina Annett (Annette)  (1901 – 1990) embraced modernism in her portrayals of the American Southwest.  She is listed in many publications, including Women Artists of the American West.  In this depiction of the southern Utah geological feature made famous by Wallace Stegner’s autobiographical novel Big Rock Candy Mountain, Annett employs semi-abstraction and deft brushwork to create a flowing, almost sinuous portrayal.

japanese woodblock prints

Kawase Hasui (1883 - 1957)

Umagome no tsuki (Moon at Umagome) Showa era (1926-1989), 1930 

woodblock print

15.5 x 10.375 inches

signed "Hasui"

Retail Price $5,000

Summer Sale Price $4,250


An oban tate-e print of Umagome no tsuki (Moon at Umagome), from the series Tokyo nijukei (20 Views of Tokyo), dated 1930, with publisher cartouche of Watanabe Shozaburo

senpan Maekawa, woodblock print

Senpan Maekawa (1888-1960)

Nagoya Castle, 1937

Woodblock Print

13hx 9.50 inches

Retail Price $600

Summer Sale Price $500



Maekawa Senpan was born as the son of a shopkeeper family in Kyoto. He studied art and took a job as a cartoonist for a satirical magazine. Later he had even a cartoon series of his own in a Sunday newspaper about a clumsy bear. Maekawa Senpan made his first print in Sosaku Hanga style in 1919. After the end of the Pacific war he became famous with prints in cheerful colors showing customs and festivities of the common people in the countryside.

Hasui Kawase, Japanese woodblock print

Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

Cloudy Day at Mizuki in Ibaragi

10.25 x 14.125 inches

Woodblock Print

Retail Price $950

Summer Sale Price $900

japanese woodblock print, Hasui Kawase

Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

Amagasaki, 1940

Woodblock Print

Retail Price $750

Summer Sale Price $500


Evening scene at Amagasaki in Daimotsu Bay.


Hasui Kawase is one of the best known artists of the "Shin Hanga" (new prints) movement. His prints, landscapes and townviews, were created in traditional Japanese style with Western elements. Hasui had a very close cooperation with the publisher Watanabe. In the fires following the devastating earthquake in 1923, over a hundred blocks produced so far, were destroyed. In 1956, one year before his death, the artist was declared a Living National Treasure.


Signed Hasui, artist seal, SUI, publisher Watanab

woodblock print, Japanese, Jun'ichiro,

Sekino Jun'ichiro (1914-1988)

Blue Roof Tops

27.375 x 18.375 inches

Woodblock Print

Retail Price $1,950

Summer Sale Price $1,800



Junichiro Sekino, a painter, graphic designer and a woodblock* print maker was one of the noted artists of the Sosaku Hanga* movement, an important current of Japanese art.

Sekino was stylistically and technically diverse: he easily switched from figurative to abstract art, from black and white compositions to colourful expression. He was also flexible with subjects.  Sekino sometimes resorted to mixing Western and Japanese techniques in his works.

He grew up in Aomori City alongside Shiko Munakata, the future 'Japanese Picasso', studying printmaking and oil painting. 1936 brought him a Bunten award for his etching*, awarded by the government. In 1939 he moved to the capital, where he came across the Sosaku Hanga movement and studied under one of its fathers: Koshiro Onchi. He kept a dual direction of his studies: traditional Japanese woodblock printing techniques as well as Western ones, modeling himself on the great artists of Japan and West.

During the war Sekino worked in a factory producing ammunition, as artistic life in Japan in those harsh years had literally reached a standstill. After the war, Sekino struggled to survive producing book illustrations. The 1950's were a better time for Sekino, and he launched his first show in Tokyo in 1953.

His works were also exhibited outside Japan and bought internationally by such European and American entities as the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York and The Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

In 1958 he received an invitation from the Rockefeller Foundation and the American Japan Society. From then on Sekino traveled and taught around the world. From 1965 he held a position at Kobe University."   Source: Askart


Shinsui Ito, woodblock print

Ito Shinui 1898 - 1972

Soshun no Yoshida ( Early Spring in Yoshida), c. 1938

woodblock print

10.75 x 15.75 inches

signed and sealed Shinsui

Retail Price $2,000

Summer Sale Price $800


An oban yoko-e print of Soshun no Yoshida (Early Spring in Yoshida), from the series Izu hakkei no uchi (Eight Views of Izu), of fields with Mount Fuji in the distance, publisher Watanabe Shozaburo seal (G: 1942-45), printer Ono Gintaro; 


John Fabian Carlson 1874 - 1945

Brookside Quiet

25 x 30 inches

oil on canvas

signed lower right

Retail Price $20,000

Summer Sale Price $12,000



John Fabian Carlson is widely recognized as a prominent member of the Pennsylvania impressionist painters.  He has particular importance to Utahns as an influential instructor to LeConte Stewart at the Arts Students League in Woodstock, New York in 1913 and 1914  There, Carlson taught tonalist philosophies of impressionism along with Birge Harrison. Brookside Quiet exemplifies Carlson’s quiet, contemplative winter scenes for which he is justly famous.

Japanese woodblock print, Umetaro Azechi

Umetaro Azechi (1902 - 1999)

Recollections of Tokyo - Sengaku Temple, 1945

Woodblock Print

7.80 x 10.35 inches

Retail Price $600

Summer Sale Price $500



From the series "Tokyo Kaiko Zue" (Recollection of Tokyo), with all together 15 designs by various famous Sosaku Hanga artists.  This image depicts Sengaku-ji Temple, the graveyard of the 47 Ronin. 


A farm boy from Ehime on the island of Shikoku, Azechi endured years of failure and impoverishment before winning recognition for his prints. Azechi joined the circle of print artists who formed around Hiratsuka Un'ichi and began to make woodblock prints with Hiratsuka's encouragement.

Azechi developed his own expressive technique, using a flat, straight-end chisel to scrape the edge of a line, leaving it both soft and coarse. His love of mountaineering inspired subject matter that was deliberately rough, stark, and richly colored. Azechi was invited to participate in the Lost Tokyo series issued by leading Creative Print artists in 1949.  Source: Askart


Artist's seal (Ume)

Kiyoshi Saito, wood block prints, Japanese woodblock prints,

Kiyoshi Saito (1907 - 1997)

Garden Tenryuji Kyoto, 11/80  1950

Sosaku woodblock print

28.2 x 21.5 inches

Retail Price $2,500

Summer Sale Price $1,750



Born in Fukushima prefecture, Kiyoshi Saito began by designed signs for store fronts in 1924 and developed his work it into a successful business. His love of art inspired him to sell his business and move to Tokyo in 1932. there he studied Western-styled painted at the Hongo Painting Institute. While exhibiting his oils, he begun making woodblock prints (Hanga) by cutting and printing progressively from a single block. By 1937 he focused on only making woodblock prings and in 1938 he produced the Winter in Aizu series depicting the area where he lived as a child. In 1943, he met Onchi, which led to membership in the Nihon Hanga Kyokai (Japanese woodblock association). At the end of the war he exhibited with Un-ichi Hiratsuka and Hide Kawanishe in Tokyo. It was at this exhibition that he sold his first print. 

In 1948, he exhibited at the Salon Printemps, and int 1951 received first prize for Steady Gaze at the inaugural Sao Paolo Bienniale. This event brought the modern school of Japanese prints to prominence. Saito was featured in Statler's, modern Japanese Print: An Art Reborn (1956), and visited the U.S. in 1956 under auspices of the State Department and the Asia Foundation. From that year onward, Saito exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and Europe. In 1967 he made a woodblock print of Prime Minister Eisaku Sato for the cover of Time Magazine.

Kiyoshi Saito works are in numerous collections including:
Cincinnati Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, San Francisco; New York Public Library; Art Institute of Chicago; Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art; Kanagawa Prefectural Museum. 

Lee Deffebach, collage

Helen "Lee" Deffebach (1928 - 2005)

Odd-Lot System, 1964

27.75 x 32.5 inches

Newsprint, ink on paper

Signed upper center

Retail Price $1500

Summer Sale Price $800


Odd-lot System echoes national trends in mixed-media works, combining seemingly disparate elements of newsprint and line to create vibrant composition rooted in a consciousness of time. 


Throughout her long career, Deffebach experimented with various media including collage, tin, wood, and even found objects such as glass.  That her style changed from Abstract Expressionist to Pop artist is unsurprising given her natural interest in innovation.  Her ability to use new mediums in her work reflects her ever-growing fascination to experiment and practice in her art.  

LaVerne Krause, Northwest regional painter, David Dee Fine Arts

LaVerne Krause (1924 - 1987)

Moving Fog on a Morning Sea, 1964

oil on board

48 x 72 inches

Retail Price $3,000

Summer Sale Price $1,200


lee deffebach, utah artist,


Lee Deffebach (1928-2005)

Untitled, 1965

18 x 23 inches


signed lower left

Retail Price $ 1,500

Summer Sale Price $800



The Volkswagen bug and bus were not only ubiquitous in American marketing but they are now iconic symbols of the 1960s.  Deffebach staggers the vehicles to create the illusion of space in the composition but she leaves her own mark by incorporating oil paint.  Her swatches of color are limited but serve to give the work balance and focus the viewer’s eye on the vehicles.


Deffebach’s collages coincide with the Pop art work of Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol, among others.  Springing to life just as the robust economy of the 1950s intersected with the burgeoning consumer culture of the 1960s, Pop art rejected the masculine work of the Abstract Expressionists, and instead included marketing schemes and advertisements.  Unlike its process-driven predecessor, Pop art could be made quickly and it shadowed America’s demand for novelty and convenience.   

Conrad Buff, Deep Canyon, undated, 27 x 26 inches, Oil and canvas, Signed lower center

Conrad Buff (1886 - 1975)

Deep Canyonundated
27 x 26 inches
Oil and canvas
Signed lower center

Retail Price $9,000

Summer Sale Price $6,500

Conrad Buff, Utah, undated 11 x 15 inches Oil on Canvas, Signed and dated lower right

Conrad Buff 1886 - 1975

Utah, undated
11 x 15 inches
Oil on Canvas
Signed and dated lower right

Retail Price $4,000

Summer Sale Price $3,500

Mary Chenoweth, abstract art, utah, David Dee Fine Arts

Mary Chenoweth (1918 - 1999)

7 x 7, 1966

acrylic and collage on canvas

30 x 30 inches

Retail Price $1,000

Summer Sale Price $950


Mary Chenoweth was a prolific artist who worked in a variety of media, from painting in oil, collage, pen and ink drawing, printmaking to sculpture. She painted in vibrant colors, stylized shapes and in an abstract expressionist style.

Chenoweth received a B.F.A. from Denver University in 1950, where she studied with  Vance Kirkland.  In 1953, she received an M.F.A. in printmaking from the University if Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.  

That same year she went to Colorado Springs to teach at the Fine Arts Center School, where abstract expressionist painter Emerson Woelffler was the Director. She then joined the Colorado College, where she served as Professor of Art for thirty years.

"The Colorado Springs Fine Art Center has a number of Chenoweth's works in the permanent collection. She carved the doors for the museum's Bemis Art School. In February 2007, the Center will host an exhibition of her work." (Whaley)

Colorado College
Lynne Whaley, communication to askART, Oct. 2016

Wulf Barsch, utah artists, utah prints, David Dee Fine Arts

Wulf Barsch (1943 - )

untitled, 1986


22 x 20 inches

Retail Price $400

Summer Sale Price $300