Saturday, June 9, 2007

Hawaii Artists of the Past

Arman Manookian (1904-1931) was an Armenian born artist, who gained recognition as an illustrator and artist of Hawaiian scenes. While serving in the U.S. Marine Corps he supplied illustrations for "Leatherneck" and then later for "Paradise of the Pacific." His paintings are rare and highly valued due to his early death, by suicide, in 1931.

Lionel Walden

b.Norwich, Connecticut - 1933, Chantilly, France) was an American artist. He first became interested in art in Minnesota, where the family moved when his father became rector of an Episcopal Church there. As a young man, Walden moved to Paris where he studied painting with Carolus-Duran. Walden received medals from the Paris Salon and was made a Knight of the French Legion of Honor. He visited to Hawaii in 1911 and several times thereafter. Walden died in Chantilly, France in 1933.

According to David H. Forbes, author of "Encounters with Paradise: Views of Hawaii and its People, 1778-1941", Lionel Walden "was the finest seascape painter to work in Hawaii." The Brooklyn Museum, the Henry Art Gallery (University of Washington, Seattle) and the Honolulu Academy of Arts are among the public collections holding works by Lionel Walden.

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