Past Ka Ikena
Spring 2013

Glen Yamanoha

Spring Semester, 2013

Glenn Yamanoha is an accomplished painter and printmaker who was born and raised on the North Shore of O'ahu. He earned a BFA in painting from the University of Washington and studied at Seattle Art Institute. In 1988, he was awarded a Monbusho International grant from the Japanese government to study woodblock printing in Kyoto as well as a Fellowship award from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Glenn's paintings are in the permanent collections of some of the most esteemed institutions including SFCA, the City and County of Honolulu, The Contemporary Museum, First Hawaiian Bank, Bank of Hawaii, and Kaiser Permanente (just to name a few.) He has exhibited in countless solo, group, and juried exhibitions in Hawaii, the mainland, and abroad.

"My art reflects the assimilation and interpretation of my Japanese/Hawaiian heritage. As an artist of multiple cultures, I portray a glimpse of the path I travel, a journey in search of my 'voice.' My work is a visual manifestation of my identity and influences.

My paintings are images, always in progress and constantly growing; a reflection of myself as an artist who has reached back and inward to re-discover and explore his cultural heritage. I utilize a Japanese sense of space and composition, incorporating textures, patterns, and colors that I have drawn from my studies, travels, and the influences I have received from Hawaii's environment and it's peoples.

The shapes and planes which touch or cut across my canvas are part of that moment of interaction. They are made up of fragments captured in a momentary crossing of paths. Layers of visible and invisible planes at some point come into contact with one another; just as in the cycles of life, people cross paths and continue on. These abstract landscapes are not meant to 'say' anything as much as to suggest a moment: in mood, time or space."

Living in the "Bible Belt" led him to a search within philosophy and spirituality that ultimately connected him to Native American Indian art and culture. The power of nature was also important in the development of his aesthetic during this time in Oklahoma and he gained great respect for "Tornado Alley" and the extreme elements of the Great Plains.

Glen Yamanoha
Fall 2012

Elemental Transmissions

Selected Works by Tom Curtis

September 6th - December 6th, 2012

Tom Curtis was born in Elk City in Western Oklahoma on March 27th, 1953.

Living in the "Bible Belt" led him to a search within philosophy and spirituality that ultimately connected him to Native American Indian art and culture. The power of nature was also important in the development of his aesthetic during this time in Oklahoma and he gained great respect for "Tornado Alley" and the extreme elements of the Great Plains.

The artist studied at Rose College in Oklahoma City from 1971-73, where he learned the craft of stained glass and moved to Dallas, Texas in 1974, where he studied with classically trained artist John Ashley Bellamy at his "Moon Mansion" studios in 1976. This experience opened many new doors to the larger world of art.

1977 brought Tom to California where he studied at the San Francisco Art Institute during the height of the "Punk rock" and "New Wave" movements and received a BFA degree in 1979 and MFA in 1981. This was an active exciting and influential time in Bay Area art history that brought new life and energy to the scene.

As co-creator of the performance art group "Sonezone" from 1978-84, the artist was involved in the use of newly developed digital tools that provided many new forms of expression in painting, performance art, video, film and experimental music. The group performed and exhibited throughout Northern California and in 1985 gained access to a broadcast quality studio and began working in digital formats as an extension of explorations through the use of theater, installations and other physical media.

Living in Hawaii has brought his current focus onto the patterns and metaphysical manifestations of raw energy in living systems and how they influence us. The search for the meaning of life along with a sense of humor, scientific investigation and experimentation keeps Tom endlessly engaged and inspired.

Tom Curtis
Spring 2010

Inspiration-North Shore Oahu!

Bernie Moriaz, Mark Jacobsen, and Joe Fortunato

Moriaz
Fall 2009

Works By

Karen Lee, Arnold Bornios, and David Behlke

Jan 30th - March 24th, 2009

Spring 2007

Italian Marriage

Peter Kowalki

Jan 30th - March 24th, 2007

Kowalke says about his work, “These images record our families’ time in Italy celebrating our marriage. (Michaela Martin and Peter Kowalke). The small images in silver frames are pen and ink and were the original wedding invitations. The middle size images framed in plexi were done on site in Seggiano at the Villa called Poggio Veluto. The largest images framed in mahogany were also created during the stay in Italy. They reflect the feelings of rebirth and celebration through the images of blossoms, nurturing and the undulation hills of Italy. These images incorporate charcoal from our outdoor oven and clay from the grounds. Ochre, umber and burnt sienna were taken right from the Italian earth. All the larger images contain a bit of wine and chocolate. “ “It is the journey of our nuptials… from invitations sent to 300 friends and family… [pen and ink] art work done pre and post ceremony in the hills of Tuscany…[it is] reflective of a psychological process: James Thurber meets Dali perhaps…”. The artist dedicates the show to his bride, Michaela Martin Kowalke. We hope you enjoy these gestures in pigment capturing the sweet gratitude peace felt in those joyous days.

Fall 2006

Blossoms Unfolding

Noriko Wakayama

August 21st - October 31th, 2006

Works by contemporary painter Noriko Wakayama

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