Windward Breakers, Oahu, Hawaii
|John Chin Young, (1909-1997)|
|Oil on Canvas|
|48″ x 48″|
|John Young has been an interpreter of Hawaii for more than fifty years, and the sea and the rugged coastline of the islands have been his major preoccupation. Born in Honolulu on March 26, 1909, he began to study art while at McKinley High School, subsequently acquiring much of his technique through self-training. He first exhibited at the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 1930, and in 1940 his painting “Stormy Sea”, won first prize at the annual exhibition of the Association of Honolulu Artists after the work was shown in New York at the Rockefeller Art Center. Young has had solo shows in Honolulu; Los Angeles; Santa Barbara; San Francisco; Portland, Oregon; Washington D.C.; and New York. For many years he operated a series of galleries where he sold his and others’ paintings, amid ever changing collection of artifacts and antiques acquired during his frequent travels.
In the above painting, Young has captured the ruggedness of the windward side of Oahu. Young is interested in the swift motion of the surf and the ruggedness of the rocks which are inhospitable and barren.
From Encounters with Paradise, Views of Hawaii and Its People, 1778-1941, Honolulu Academy of Arts, David W. Forbes