The Hawaiian art festival has ended
Text by Cristina Ochoa; Translation by Briana Prieto F and Paula Villanueva
Photos by Pow! Wow! Hawaii
Music festival, cinema and street art at Pow! Wow! Hawaii in the Kaka’ako neighborhood, Hawaii came to an end on February 18th. Around 100 artists from different nationalities participated in the event. Here at ALL CITY CANVAS we made a selection of the 10 most impressive murals of the event. Check them out:
1. “Learn from your mistakes” – Telmomiel
The Dutch duo won first place with a work that has the characteristics of most of their work: the use of intense colors, remarked expressions and a perfect combination of almost photographic realism and the subtle technique of classical painting.
2. “Dixie’s Eyes” – Drew Merritt
Without a doubt, the work of the artist from Los Angeles is one of the most interesting because of the way he handles the representation of his “subjects,” people of whom he makes portraits. Discreet in his personal life, skilled in his work, Merrit left us one of the most expressive pieces of the festival.
3. Untitled – Joram Roukes
Joram Roukes, the Dutch artist for whom painting is “a game.” He has worked with international organizations such as the Galleri Benon in Copenhagen and StolenSpace Gallery in London. For his pieces, he used a combination of red and blue, as well as animals; a characteristic present in most of his work.
4. Untitled – Carol Lynn
The first mural by the Dutch artist is inspired on a personal loss to who she dedicated the work to. The traveler made a series of delicate strokes with shades in pastel tones, making it difficult not to take a photograph.
5. Untitled – Mr. Jago
Mr. Jago could be considered a kind of a contemporary Jackson Pollock. Inspired first in graffiti, then in more abstract forms of representation, the artist has been developing his technique since the 90’s and is certainly a sensory experience that you cannot miss.
6. Untitled – SHOK-1
The English artist, one of the first to specialize in painting murals in the style of X-rays with aerosol, made a mural that corresponds to most of his works used to make a (pathological and social) analysis of contemporary society.
7. Untitled – Kevin Lyons
Kevin Lyons was one of the most experienced participants in the festival and, as expected, did not disappoint us. The designer, producer and artist who has worked with brands like Nike Converse, created a colorful mural that evokes the cartoons of our childhood.
8. “Push + Pull” – Abovestudio
Californian Tavar Zawaki began painting in 1996; his work focus on design and abstract forms. For Zawaki, the most difficult challenge for this mural was to find a harmonic balance between the color palette.
9. Untitled – Tar McPherson
American artist who works with subjects about human psychological states, myths, legends, astronomy and his life experience. This mural was 20 meters high and was one of the most visited during the festival in Hawaii.
10. Untitled – SLICK
Undoubtedly, this work reminds us of classic graffiti; with colors and typography that stand out, SLICK did an incredible job with this mural. He will make two other versions in different colors.