Legendary graffiti and street artist Fafi, attended this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii (more coverage here) for the first time. Known for her playful & sexy female characters and colorful work she’s been creating for decades, she was inspired with Hawaii to create a more conceptual, installation style piece. She first painted two of her characters on a wooden panel, before cutting them out. Than she installed them on a fence nearby festival base Lana Lane and decorated them with numerous colorful flowers. This mix of her flat, illustrative imagery and plastic […]
Working on a slightly smaller section of the same wall as Doze Green (more on this later), Akut from Herakut, finished his large piece for POW! WOW! Hawaii (more coverage here) after 3-4 long days of work. Usually working as a part of duo, German-based artist had to find a way to paint this large piece by himself. This situation also inspired him to create an image of a wrestling toy man, feeding a small baby through a bottle completed with the text “my real challenges were outside of the […]
One of the most popular pieces painted for this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii (more coverage here) came from Maya Hayuk, who recently completed her mural in the Kaka’ako district. Working with her assistant for four solid days, the New York-based artist applied layers upon layers of thick colorful paint, creating another signature piece that quickly became one of the favorites among visitors. Due to her incredible energy and positive attitude, her wall was one of the more interesting ones to visit during its making. With tunes pumping from morning till late […]
ROA debuted at POW! WOW! Hawaii 2015 (more coverage here) with a double piece painted just outside of Lana Lane studios. Familiar with using architectural elements and obstacles wisely in his work, he made a great use of the corner wall he was painting on. The creatures of choice for this mural was the nautilus and hermit crab, both native species of the Hawaiian islands. The Belgiun artist said he had a wish to paint a nautilus for a very long time, but until now he was never painting in […]
Working in the same location as last year (covered), Tristan Eaton created a new mural for POW! WOW! Hawaii (more coverage here) that somehow seemed to one up the previous one. Painting with his brother Matt Eaton, the Los Angeles-based artist conjured up a striking image of a samurai astride a horse, put together with his signature patchwork technique. More photos below… Photo credit: @arrestedmotion_sal & @arrestedmotion_sleepboy. Discuss POW! WOW! Hawaii here. Discuss Tristan Eaton here.
More stories from the week that ended Feb 15 (click on bolded words for more information): Jamian Juliano-Villani’s solo exhibition at Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit now on view. RIP: Rex Ray, who died at the age of 59 after a long illness. RIP: Tomie Ohtake who died at the age of 101 due to cardiac arrest brought on by pneumonia. Alfred Momaday prints, thought to be stolen, found in New Mexico meth lab. Rudolf Staechelin Family Trust remove 18 loaned masterpieces from Kunstmuseum Basel. […]
Another piece that was among the first ones to be finished and signed at this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii (more coverage here) is a new large mural by D*Face. Continuing his series of Roy Lichtenstein inspired works, the British artist created a mural showing a female character crying over the fact that her boyfriend can’t surf. Fully themed around Hawaii’s most famous past time, the image includes several details that reference the island paradise – a flower in girl’s hair that has D*Face’s signature wing symbol, waves, and a snapped […]
Working on one of the larger walls for this year’s event, Natalia Rak managed to be among the first ones to sign her piece. After three solid days on the cherry picker, the Polish artist rounded up this dreamy piece featuring a female character embraced by an albino tiger. Famous for her play with colors and using over saturated tones, this piece was created using different shades of purple and similar colors. Juxtaposing the sharp outlines of the female characters against the almost over exposed fur of […]
Invited in for POW! WOW! Hawaii (more coverage here) for the first time this year, Mark Dean Veca (interviewed) took several days to paint a wall featuring his signature version of “Toile de Jouy” style patterns on Cooke Street in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu. Because of the industrial nature of the area, the work from the Southern California-based artist and other participants in this year’s event are always a welcome addition in beautifying the local environment. Photo credit: @arrestedmotion_sal. Discuss Mark Dean Veca here. Discuss POW! WOW! Hawaii here.
Currently displayed prominently in front of the Honolulu Museum of Art and sponsored by Anthropologie is the latest evidence of Olek’s crocheting prowess. The iconic outrigger canoe utilized by the Hawaiian people was transformed by the New York-based Polish artist with her signature technique for POW! WOW! Hawaii (more coverage here). Head over for a look yourself at the details as well as going inside to check out James Jean’s massive new mural (more on this later). Photo credit: @arrestedmotion_sal. Discuss POW! WOW! Hawaii here. Discuss Olek here.
At 10am on Monday, Feb 9th, the mural painting part of POW! WOW! Hawaii 2015 officially begun with a traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony at the Lana Lane headquarters in Kaka’ako in Honolulu. After the ceremony, the artists picked up their paint and needed equipment and started working on their designated walls. With 100+ international and local artist in attendance, this years event crossed the borders of Kaka’ako district. And while some artists were painting over freshly buffed walls from previous years, the others were creating works at new […]
More stories from the week that ended Feb 8 (click on bolded words for more information): Images and information up for Israel Lund’s exhibition at The Power Station. RIP: Walter Liedtke, who died at the age of 69 after he was killed in the Metro-North train crash. RIP: Carl Djerassi, who died at 91. He was the inventor of the birth control pill and a avid art collector. Islamic State burns and destroys historic collections on science, culture, poetry and children’s books in Mosul. Several […]