christian.h.b.windward.oahu

Windward Side of Oahu, (Puunaluu), dated 1947

Henry B. Christian, (1883 – 1953)
Oil on Canvas/Board
11.5″ x 13.5″
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A versatile and prolific artist, Henry Christian is remembered primarily for his landscape, as well as floral still lifes as well as character studies.

Born in Minneapolis and educated at the Minneapolis Institute of Fine Arts, Christian first traveled to Hawaii in 1908.  He shuttled back and forth between the Islands and his home city before eventually settling in Honolulu.  He served as Art Director of Paradise of the Pacific from 1908 to 1910, 1917 to 1919, 1922 to 1938.  The magazine published many of his oil paintings, pen and ink drawings, and etching.

Christian periodically exhibited in group shows at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and in 1947 presented a one-person show at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.  During this exhibition, a series of oil pantings depicting Menehune, a race of small people in Hawaiian mythology, received considerable attention.  Christian died in Honolulu on December 23, 1953.

From:  Finding Paradise, Island Art in Private Collections

by Don R. Severson, Michael D. Horikawa, Jennifer Saville, in association with the Honolulu Academy of Arts