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Karl O. Karhumaa

Sculptor
Born November 19, 1924, Highland Park, Michigan
Died August 24, 2015, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I'm trying to figure out what I am doing.

Karl Karhumaa, 2002

Sculptor Karl Karhumaa grew up in a Finnish community on Lake Michigan. His work has been described as both lyrical and powerful. He has worked in a variety of media, including wood, bronze, clay, and polyester. His style ranges from traditional figurative, to elongated stylized works, to twisting distortions of the human form. He has executed free standing sculpture as well as relief forms. In addition to sculpture, Karhumaa makes pottery and ceramic works. Commercially, he was a sculptural stylist for general motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. Residing in Philadelphia, Karhumaa lived in New Hope during the 1950s and early 1960s while married to Jill Lathrop Karhumaa, granddaughter of painter Willliam Lathrop. Karl Karhumaa taught extensively, including at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He exhibited locally at Phillips' Mill and at the James A. Michener Art Museum in addition to exhibits at the Reading Public Museum, the Allens Lane Art Center, and West Chester University.

Image: Photograph of Karl Karhumaa by Jack Rosen, James A. Michener Art Museum


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