First Hawaiian Center | Khewhok, Amemiya, Hawai‘i Landscapes

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    Tadashi Sato, American, 1923-2005. 'Submerged Rocks,' 1963. Honolulu Museum of Art, Gift of The Watumull Foundation (3159.1).

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    Clayton Amemiya. 'SK Series Jar,' 2014. Wheel-thrown and carved anagama (wood-fired) stoneware.

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    Sanit Khewhok. Stinkbug,' 2014. Oil on canvas mounted on board.

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September 17, 2014 - January 16, 2015
First Hawaiian Center


Exhibition Overview

Mountains to Sea: Hawai‘i Landscapes from the Honolulu Museum of Art Collection

Hawai’i’s natural beauty has long inspired artists. This exhibition, drawn from the Honolulu Museum of Art’s extensive collection of work by Hawai’i artists, shows the ways in which late 20th-century painters, sculptors, and photographers living and working here have approached and interpreted the world around them. The show includes works by Satoru Abe, Isami Doi, John Kjargaard, Tom Okimoto, Franco Salmoiraghi, Tadashi Sato, Stan Tomita, Shuzo Uemoto, John Young, and Hiroki Morinoue. 

Reconstructing Memories: Paintings by Sanit Khewhok

Honolulu artist Sanit Khewhok, known for his small, meticulously made paintings, sculptures and drawings, presents his newest body of work, a series of 12 paintings that simultaneously look back at his earlier art and explore new ideas and shapes. The paintings, larger than usual, are done in the tondo, or circular, format. “The subject matter in the paintings is taken from sculptures I created from 1975 to 1992,” says Khewhok, “combined with other three-dimensional objects, many of which are artifacts.”

Hear Sanit Khewhok discuss his works on Fri, Oct 3 at 11am.
Meet on the second floor mezzanine.

Rainforest Vessels: Recent Ceramic Works by Clayton Amemiya

Although Hawai’i Island artist Clayton Amemiya has been making ceramics for more than 40 years, this exhibition is only his second solo presentation in Honolulu; and his first in 15 years. Amemiya uses a wood-fueled tunnel kiln, called anagama in Japan. “The extended firing time over five days creates textures reminiscent of stone,” says Amemiya. “In my pots, I see and feel the upland, rainforest environment where I live and work.”

Hear Clayton Amemiya discuss his works on Thurs, Sept 18 at 11am.
Meet on the second floor mezzanine.

These exhibitions are presented by:

Hospitality sponsor:
Waikiki Parc Hotel