This shallow weathered niche houses treasures and ephemera special to Hawaii. The polished turn of the century ukulele rests on its antique case and would appear to have belonged to a world traveler, while the cigar box ukulele documents one of twelve made on a bet by Samuel Kamaka around 1950. Of the total, seven were proclaimed quite playable and the wager was won. Only three known examples currently exist. The double hibiscus growing in the pineapple can is called "Island Pearl", which could also double as the name of the rare jointed doll seated near by. Adjoining the picture frame is a business card on which the artist has slyly included his name as an "ukelele" instructor. Also included in the case is an assortment of Hawaiian sheet music from the 20's. The luahi fern tucked about suggests a party is imminent.
All in all, an instant collection of beautiful, whimsical, and rare Hawaiiana.
As a former theatrical designer and artist, I have always been inspired by the traditions of tromp l'oeil. The 17th century European paintings of curiosity cabinets never cease to amaze: those glorious collections of exuberant Dutch florals and overflowing banquet displays.
In the early 1900's William Harnett created a series of works employing American iconography in a trompe l'oeil manner that hang in museums throughout the country.
It has been my goal to bring this same discipline to my canvases and painted furniture, only now portraying Hawaiian objects and themes.
I hope you enjoy my excursions into deceit, deception, and illusion!
Size: painting 38" x 26"
Media: Acrylic on canvas
Price: $4,800.00 USD