Mural

Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2017 Mural

I am so excited to have been included in this year's Pow! Wow! Hawaii. For the last five years Pow! Wow! has been bringing local and international artists together to celebrate art, music and create originals works of art in little under a week. It's an amazing sight to see so many creatives come together to collaborate and share their talents and ideas. Mahalo nui loa for letting me be a part of it. 

I am so excited to have been included in this year's Pow! Wow! Hawaii! My wall "Lucky Squiddy Kitty" can be found at 524 Kamani st and will be up till February 2018.

“POW! – It’s the impact that art has on a person.

WOW! – It’s reaction that art has on a viewer.

Together they form POW WOW, which is a Native American term that describes a gathering that celebrates culture, music and art.”

— Jasper Wong (Pow! Wow! Founder and Lead Director)

Even though this project was quick and last minute (Three days to paint!) I already had an idea I've been working on. The colors as always represent the color spectrum which I use in my work to represent the mental health spectrum. This time I am playing around with color contrasts and complements. Because let's face it, life isn't always a neat and orderly rainbow, there's messy overlap sometimes. I am really interested also in this new subtle color palette. The flower, squids and cat of course represent my travels and interactions with other cultures, friends and neighbors.

I actually got started a little late on the mural since I was added to the roster at the last minute. Most of the walls had been prepped on the weekend before the actual painting and the artist were able to start on Monday. I didn't get to prepping my wall till Tuesday! Thank goodness it's not the biggest wall I've ever painted! 

The 2017 Pow! Wow! murals will be up for the remainder of the year and you can find mine in town at 524 Kamani St on the back of SF Fender across from Duck Butt Cafe.

 

Mahalo for looking! Please sign up for my mailing list so you don't miss any great events or events coming up!  Cheers! <3 Boz 

Mural in Kaka'ako (Largest Ever!)

"Octopus Flying Through Space" is 40' x 100' and can be see in downtown Honolulu at 510 Piikoi st.

I am so excited about a project I recently finished in Kaka'ako on Oahu, Hawaii. Over a year ago as I was driving in town I saw the side of a building with some graffiti on it and long story short I was able to paint the biggest mural I've painted to date. It took over a year of sketches, emails and coffee-fueled negoiations but I finally got approval to paint a large rainbow octopus composition on the side of the building.

This is my final sketch for "Octopus Flying Through Space" and is located at 510 Piikoi st.&nbsp;

This is my final sketch for "Octopus Flying Through Space" and is located at 510 Piikoi st. 

The wall took over four stories of scaffolding, two straight weeks of 12 hour days over my winter break (minus Christmas day of course) but I got it done! I am so excited and proud of this wall. 

"Art at Large" Mural at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

For a limited time (all of 2017) between the Law Library and the Music Dept at UH Manoa you'll find a wonderfully colorful collection of impromptu murals by current art students and alumni. I am very excited to be one of the invited alumna! About 13 student artists are participating, and the work will be featured on the plywood barricades surrounding the construction site at the corner of Dole Street and Lower Campus Road.

Here is what the original plywood barricade looked like. It's going to be so much better with art on it! Please also visit:&nbsp; www.hawaii.edu/art/art-at-large/  to see more images and read the various artists' statements about their individual pieces.

Here is what the original plywood barricade looked like. It's going to be so much better with art on it! Please also visit: www.hawaii.edu/art/art-at-large/ to see more images and read the various artists' statements about their individual pieces.

Original Sketch

Original Sketch

ART AT LARGE is a mural project administered the UHM Department of Art + Art History. It aims to take artwork out of the studio and galleries into public space, and to provide UHM students and alums the opportunity to continue their individual artistic explorations in a larger scale than that can accommodated in the department studios.
— Gaye Chan (UH Manoa Art Dept Chair)

My final piece is actually a fun representation on color theory! Specifically Isaac Newton's theory of light and refraction. The icebergs represent the prism that the sun shines through to create the ROYGBIV rainbow. And although Newton choose to represent the color spectrum n his writing seven separate colors (even though I would argue that the spectrum is really only one subtly shifting band of light) I choose to paint six octopuses, one to represent each color on the classic color wheel used by painters still. 

Please feel free to scroll through my pictures to see a little bit of my process. I try to paint very quickly so this only took me about a day and a half. The final dimensions are 8" tall x 16" long.

Mahalo for looking! Please sign up for my mailing list so you don't miss any great events or invites coming up! More murals and cool coloring books are on the way!

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Interested in commissioning a mural for your office, school, home or other space? Visit the store or murals section of my website for more information or send me an email and let's chat about it online or over coffee! 

Aloha, Boz

Mural for Island Distillers

With everything going on right now I almost forgot to write about my big BIG mural in Hawaii Kai! A few months ago I was approached to do this large mural on a new distillery/tasting room for Island Distillers which opens late summer 2016. Little did I know what I was getting myself into! 

 

Check out my slideshow with some in-progress shots as well as a view of the final piece.

Over 100 feet long and 16 feet tall I can safely say this is the biggest painting I've ever done. Since I'm teaching full time this project had to be completed on the weekends in the early morning to outpace the sun. This means driving from Ewa to Hawaii Kai at 4am! Whew! (for those that don't know, this means driving across Oahu every weekend for two months!)

I am pretty proud of this big mural. Beside a few days where someone had to hold the ladder (to make sure I don't get blown off by the wind eek!) I did this mural entirely solo. I've learned a lot from this experience but I think I can safety say now I am an experienced mural painter. Mahalo for looking and I'll be sure to send an invitation to the big opening soon. Please sign up for my mailing list so you don't miss any great events or invites coming up!

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Interested in commissioning a mural for your office, school, home or other space? Visit the store or murals section of my website for more information or send me an email and let's chat about it online or over coffee! 

Aloha, Boz

 

Mural for Hawaii Palms English School

This year has gone by so fast already! So far it's been filled with some amazing projects including this fun and colorful mural for Hawaii Palms English School in Waikiki this past weekend.  If you happen to be in town swing by on your way to the beach! Mahalo for looking!

Interested in commissioning a mural for your office, school, home or other space? Visit the store section of the website for more information or send me an email and let's chat about it over email or coffee! 

Aloha, Boz