Some of Hawaii Island’s Most Collected Artists and Their Work

One question I frequently receive from clients new to Hawaii Island who are looking to collect “made here” artwork is, “Who are some of your favorite local artists”? With so many talented individuals working in a variety of diverse mediums, I enjoy putting forward recommendations based on the specific home’s location, overall design and what I know about the individual client’s preferences.

Numerous galleries are found in West Hawaii along the Kona/Kohala Coast, in the charming upcountry towns of Kamuela, Honakaa and Holualoa, and in Hawi at the northwestern tip of the island. Among them:

Tiffany’s Art Agency

Hawi | tiffanyartangency.com

Run by gallery owner and art aficionado Tiffany DeEtte Shafto, Tiffany’s Art Agency features contemporary local art created by more than 20 of  Hawai‘i’s master artists. Look for work by plein air landscape painter Christian Enns, printmaker Andrea Pro, painter and collage artist Mary Spears, wood turner/painter Timothy Allen Shafto, and painter Kristie Fujiyama Kosmides among others.

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Mary Spears, “King Protea”   

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Kristie Fujiyama Kosmides, “Kaupulehu”

Wishard Gallery

Kamuela | wishardgallery.com

Wishard Gallery features the work of Harry Wishard and respected local artists Lynn Capell and Edwin Kayton, along with others who specialize in everything from fine art, antiques, jewelry, collectibles, commissioned paintings and more.

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“Offshore at OTEC”, Lynn Capell

Isaacs Art Center Museum and Gallery

Kamuela | isaacsartcenter.hpa.edu

The Isaacs Art Center Museum houses a collection of notable 19th century Hawaiian artists including Madge Tennent, Jules Tavernier, David Howard Hitchcock, and Lionel Walden, and the gallery features pieces by contemporary Hawaiian artists, including many non-commercial artists such as Martha Greenwell. Proceeds from sales benefit the Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Kamuela. The Center supports aspiring young artists and features a collection of donated art from patrons throughout the island, including paintings, furniture, rare books, and other unique Hawaiian items.

Gallery of Great Things

This gallery represents more than 200 local Hawaiian artists in diverse mediums from oil and watercolor paintings, kapa cloth and wood turned bowls to hand-blown glass and native wood fine furniture. You’ll also find a collection of treasures from throughout the Pacific.

M. Field Gallery

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M.Field Gallery in Holualoa| mfield.com

A celebrated waterman and artist, Mike Field has emerged as one of the most sought after artists in Hawaii and around the world, with exhibitions in New York, London, and Shanghai. His uncanny ability to capture the beauty of the Islands and its people generates a timeless representation of “Old Hawaii” with modern sophistication. The gallery, in charming upcountry Holualoa, features his work as well as that of fine arts painter Terry Field whose spectacular tropical florals, tranquil beach, and ocean scenes reflect Hawaii Island’s heart and soul. From miniatures to massive pieces, Terry’s work is sublime.

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Field surrounded by her recent artwork. Photo by: Eric Rhodes

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Terry Field, “Succulents” 

More Information

For information on Hawaii Island real estate opportunities, please contact. Carrie Nicholson, R(B), BIC, HL1 Director – Big Island 808.896.9749 or carrie@hawaiilife.com