Friday, July 6, 2007

Art at the State Capitol - Office of Rep. Clift Tsuji

"Excavation No. 2" by Wayne Miyamoto
Acrylic and enamel on paper

Rep. Clift Tsuji (District 3 - South Hilo, Keaau, Kurtistown) had one criteria in selecting art work for his office at the State Capitol--he wanted to showcase artists from The Big Island. His selection includes work by Hiroki Morinoue, Shirley Hasenyager, Seiichi Osada, Clifford Panis, and others. The painting by Wayne Miyamoto is mounted above Rep. Tsuji's desk. The artist statement says: "One of the reasons for the title of this piece is the many layers of paint on the surface, and the subsequent scraping and digging into the paint to uncover the image."

"Home Sweet Hovel" by Jane Fullerton
Mixed Media

This is a detail from Jane Fullerton's mixed media piece in Rep. Tsuji's waiting area. It depicts images of plantation life in Keaau, including the old sugar plantation store. "The painting is my emotional response to those lost lifestyles and to the people whose lives left an imprint on Keaau," said Fullerton.

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