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  • About the Artist: Solomon Enos

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Kapa Maker, by Solomon Enos. 2004.

Gouache on 30″ × 48″ canvas.

This is a visual representation of the mana or energy that goes into the making of kapa or barkcloth.

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Photo by Meredith Desha Enos

Solomon Robert Nui Enos is a native Hawaiian artist who was born and raised on the west side of O‘ahu, in Mākaha Valley. His family is active in the community: his father, Eric, is founder of the Ka‘ala Cultural Learning Center; his mother. Shelly, works at the Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center; his brother Kamuela works at MA‘O Organic Farms and was recently named as a commissioner for President Obama’s Advisory Committee for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; his brother Kanoe is a social worker; and his brother Kanohi is an artisan and wood-worker who makes indigenous tools and implements. Solomon is proud of his family and credits them for much of his original inspiration and for their support for his becoming an artist.

Solomon received his first commission as a sixth grader, illustrating curriculum materials for younger elementary students at Mākaha Elementary, and he has been on a roll ever since. Among other books, he illustrated Akua Hawa‘i: Hawaiian Gods and Their Stories (Bishop Museum Press, 2005) and the centennial edition of The Epic Tales of Hi‘iakaikapoliopele (Awaiaulu Press, 2006). Solomon has worked for and with many organizations on O‘ahu’s Leeward side, including Mākaha Elementary School, Nānākuli Intermediate School, MA‘O Organic Farms, Ka‘ala Cultural Learning Center, Hoa‘āina O Makaha, and Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. Each of these organizations has given Solomon an opportunity to see in concrete ways how art, the land, and the people can all take care of and inspire each other. He has also done artwork for the Sheraton Waikiki, Royal Hawaiian Hotel Royal Beach Tower, Aulani-Disney Hawai‘i Hotel, and other commercial spaces. For more information, see http://www.solomonenos.com/ [End Page vii]


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Kamehameha, by Solomon Enos. 2008.

Pencil on 11″ × 14″ bristol board. This image of ali‘i nui

Kamehameha I going to war was drawn for a forthcoming book written by Kimo Armitage titled Me‘e Hawai‘i, Heroes of Hawai‘i.

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Kamapua’a, by Solomon Enos. 2005.

Oil on 36″ × 48″ Masonite. This painting depicts the Hawaiian god of fertility.

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Alo ‘Āina, by Solomon Enos. 2004.

Gouache on 30″ × 48″ canvas.

This is a visual representation of the concept of sentient landscapes.

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Hāloa, by Solomon Enos. 2003.

Oil on 11″ × 14″ bristol board.

This image is from a book of the same title written by Kimo Armitage and Sharon Odom, published by Kamehameha Schools Publishing (2006).

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The 40,000 Years of Polyfantastica, by Solomon Enos. 2008.

Gouache on 11″ × 14″ bristol board.

In this study for a project Enos is working on called Polyfantastica, each figure represents 10,000 years of fictional history based on a Polynesian society.

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Hulomo, by Solomon Enos, 2007.

Acrylic on 11″ × 14″ Bristol board. This will be the cover of a forthcoming graphic novel Enos is writing, set within the fictional Polynesian history setting called Polyfantastica.

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Intergalactic Human Seed, by Solomon Enos. 2004.

Oil on 11″ × 14″ bristol board.

This is a study for a future painting in the science-fictional Polynesia setting called Polyfantastica.

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Footnotes

The art featured in this issue can be viewed in full color in the online version of The Contemporary Pacific via Project MUSE.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-9464
Print ISSN
1043-898X
Pages
pp. vi-vii
Launched on MUSE
2011-08-20
Open Access
No
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