Kira Kamamalu is a spirited Hawaiian whose paintings possess a life of their own, becoming inspired companions to the spaces they inhabit. She focuses primarily on figures, drawn to human mutability and varied emotional expression. “With a person, there is so much to say,” Kira says of her work, and without a doubt, her subjects speak silent volumes on immobile walls. As a daughter of Hawaii, her paintings are infused with the spirit of the islands. Having a deep connection to Hawaiian culture imbues Kira’s art with a powerful energy. Working in a truly unique style, Kira works mostly with a palette knife to produce her figures. It is the “loose, painterly strokes” of the palette knife that gives her pieces the movement, depth and emotion we connect with in people.
After college studies, Kira studied under the mentorship of Big Island artist Vicki Penney-Rohner and a few years later, spent a year abroad in Europe studying the masters and working on her skill. While abroad, Kira’s works were accepted into the Gallery D’Assadi in Nyon, Switzerland. Upon returning from her studies abroad, Kira brought her new art education home to adapt it to the subject that fuelled her creative force- her culture. Studying under the mentorship of Edwin Kayton, Kira has had the wise knowledge base in Mr. Kayton to help her convey the stories she wants to tell. She credits her young success to the expert guidance of her mentors and the support of her family. It is the perfect tincture of passion, perseverance and advisement that has delivered to us the dynamic work of this delightful artist.
Kira Kamamalu is currently represented by Rumley Gallery in Kona and Volcano Gallery in Volcano National Park and has internationally exhibited at the the Florence Biennale invitational exhibition. Kira also shows her work in a one-woman show annually in her home town and is participating member of Oil Painters of America.
[ Written with excerpts from an article on Kira: Stories on canvas, by the fabulous Ashley Welton ]
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