Works of Art

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In the midst of open­ing his Waikiki gallery LeBlank Art ear­lier this sum­mer, artist Shane Bow­den was al­ready brain­storm­ing ideas for an up­com­ing pro­ject as he sat sketch­ing in his stu­dio one morn­ing. It seems that Bow­den never has any short­age of in­spi­ra­tion.

In LeBlank, which is com­prised of six in­di­vid­ual col­lec­tions, Bow­den show­cases his ver­sa­til­ity as an artist. Orig­i­nally from Aus­tralia, Bow­den opened the first LeBlank there in 2007. The Waikiki lo­ca­tion cel­e­brated its grand open­ing in Au­gust, and Bow­den has plans to open a string of oth­ers—in La­haina, Las Vegas and Mi­ami.

For each col­lec­tion, Bow­den worked un­der an al­ter ego, adopt­ing var­i­ous per­sonas from which to cre­ate his work.

“I en­joy all types of art, and to keep it in­ter­est­ing for my­self was an­other goal,” he says. “I have an ap­pre­ci­a­tion and a love for ab­stract art and min­i­mal­ism, as well as fig­u­ra­tive and pop art. And I thought, why can’t I do all of that?”

Mofisto fea­tures graf­fiti-style pieces. A cou­ple of his fa­vorite works from this set fea­tures paint­ings of Tru­man Capote And Hunter S. Thomp­son—“Cuppa With Capote” and “Love Your Work Hunter”—fea­tur­ing ab­stract ren­der­ings of the au­thors.

S&B fea­tures ab­stract ex­pres­sion­ism, us­ing bold col­ors and move­ment.

A trib­ute to Andy Warhol, Aw.then.tik.8.ed fea­tures silkscreens of iconic im­ages set against vi­brant col­ors. One of the most pop­u­lar pieces from LeBlank is found in this col­lec­tion: Chanel bot­tles amid var­i­ous back­drops—a col­lage of mag­a­zine clip­pings or an­i­mal print, for ex­am­ple.

Yves Kaiser show­cases fig­u­ra­tive re­al­ism pieces. Th­ese in­clude stark im­ages like “Float Like A But­ter­fly,” of a gun painted with bright but­ter­flies set against a black back­ground.

In Bakku-Shane, Bow­den cre­ates his own twist on pop art, tak­ing black-and-white im­ages of the past and in­fus­ing them with bright col­ors.

The Shane Bow­den sig­na­ture col­lec­tion en­cap­su­lates a va­ri­ety of styles. In one se­ries in the col­lec­tion, Bow­den dis­plays dreamy ver­sions of rec­og­niz­able lo­cales by jux­ta­pos­ing city scenes with his own neon im­ages.

Bow­den says that he aims for LeBlank to have a sort of mu­seum feel—any­body can walk in and look around. For those who are in­ter­ested in pur­chas­ing a piece, art con­sul­tants will be on hand to as­sist.

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