He was a Buddhist priest and painter in the Muromachi Period. Josetsu, Shubun and Sesshu constitute the main school of Indian ink painting in Japan.
Shubun Fujikura was born in 1420.
A high priest at the Shokokuji Temple in Kyoto, he studied painting under Josetsu. It was recently discovered that he studied in Korea (1423-1424), accounting for the Korean features of his works.
Shubun was also a sculptor. Although he painted Buddhist images, flowers and birds and landscapes, all his extant works are landscapes. The style of Shubun was inharited more by Sotan and Gakuo (Zokyu) than by Sesshu, whose style underwent a great change after he studied in China (Ming Dynasty). Sesshu, the noted painter, was one of his disciples.