FOUR-Man Outrigger

$4,500  –  4 of 7 prints remaining


Artwork Details:

  • Limited-edition, closed-set of 7 Giclée prints
  • Printed on 100% cotton, 310 gsm matte museum-grade paper
  • All prints include professional, archival framing
  • Hand signed and numbered by the artist
  • Printed with UV resistent ink and UV coated
  • Designed, printed, and framed in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Outside frame dimensions 53.5" wide x 70" tall

 
 

The Story:

Outrigger canoes gave adventurous tourists the ability to feel the energy of the 'rollers' that came from the Southern Hemisphere each summer in Waikiki. Wide-eyed guests would contribute minimal paddle power as their experienced, bronzed steersman would navigate a 40-foot vessel around the surf. This piece not only offers a unique vantage point for the canoe of Waikiki, but highlights the dynamic contrast between the work required of the captain and that of the guests that were along for the ride.


About the artwork

Technology advancements in the printing industry in the late 1800's gave way to completely new style of artwork known as stone lithography. This form of printing gave way to the 'Golden Era' of poster design made popular between 1850-1930. This new form of advertising created a frenzy of artwork that quickly spread throughout Europe and gave way to an astonishing body of work we now recognize as a mid-century modern poster art.

Although this form of advertising was around for over 100 years, Hawaii was still in its tourism infancy and missed the boat on large-format stone lithographic advertising. In addition, in 1912 a group of women, who later founded The Outdoor Circle, vowed to protect Hawaii's natural beauty and eventually convicted Hawaii's state legislature to ban all billboards in Hawaii. Now, the majority of vintage Hawaiian artwork from the early 1900's is consisted of magazine advertisements, luggage stickers and match books.


This work was created to share the Spirit of Aloha through large-format, fine art prints. Each piece tells a story reflective of a simpler, more romantic ear in Hawaiian history.

 
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About the Artist

Since the tender age of 10, Matt's artwork was all about surf culture. For kids growing up in the the Pacific, this was no confidence. For Matt, who grew up in a small farming town in central Nebraska, this was a bit extraordinary.

Matt's story begins in 3rd grade when his teacher noticed him drawing on the back of a spelling worksheet. Much to his surprise, she didn't say a word, but rather picked up his paper and walked back to her desk. As the day progressed the class came back from a hectic day of recess. Once settled, Matt noticed each student had a blank piece of paper on their desk. Mrs. Robinson asked that everyone flip over their page and began to hand out colored pencils. Instead of trashing Matt’s artwork, she praised his drawing talents and made copies of his work for each student so they could have a coloring assignment. Since this time, Matt has never stopped appreciating and creating art. Matt's full bio can be found here.


This body of work is the culmination of 20+ years of design experience, my enthusiasm for large format vintage printing and my love for the Spirit of Aloha, so unique to the islands of Hawaii.

 
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order INFORMATION

Each print is produced in a limited-edition, closed set of 7 total prints. Each print is produced using the highest standards of archival mounting and framing and printed on 310 gsm (14 point) matte, museum-grade, Hahnemuhle paper. Each print comes complete with a certificate of authenticity, mounting instructions and installation hardware. All orders are handled by contacting the artist directly. Mainland and international delivery is available and subject to additional shipping and handling charges. To learn more, to check availability, or to order, click the link below.