Kevin Lyons, Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2016 Visiting Artist
The annual Pow! Wow! Hawaii art festival is just around the corner, running from February 6th-13th, in Honolulu. The 2016 artist roster has been released and it might make you wanna start looking for cheap flights.
If you do end up pulling the trigger and flying out there (maybe the best life decision) you can get tickets to their big closing event concert here. For everyone else, the entire festival will be captured by several photographers on Instagram @powwowworldwide.
There are more than 50 international and local artists involved this year, have a look at the entire list below!
Usugrow painting in Shibuya as part of Pow! Wow! Japan
The international arts festival, Pow! Wow!, has just announced their next two events will be back to back weeklong exhibitions in Japan and Taiwan, starting October 17th. The Asia Tour roster includes renowned artists Faith47, Kinsey, Fafi, Jeff Soto, Case, Kevin Ancell, Ben Horton, Naturel, and many others. Local artists, including one of my personal favourites, Usugrow (seen above), have already started on a giant mural in Shibuya in the lead up to the event.
This week (June 22nd-27th) the arts festival known as Pow! Wow! invades Long Beach, California, and is well on its way to becoming the largest mural arts festival in the world. In the last year the festival traveled to Taipei, Taiwan, hosted their largest event yet in Honolulu, Hawaii, and expanded to Austin, Texas (in partnership with SXSW).
Pow! Wow! Long Beach 2015 roster: Aaron De La, Benjie Escobar, Bumblebee, Cruz, Cryptik, Fafi, Hueman, James Jean, Jeff McMillan, Jeff Soto, Low Bros, Madsteez, Nychos, Push, and Tristan Eaton.
On June 26th Long Beach Museum of Art and Thinkspace Gallery are also hosting “Vitality and Verve” and have invited 20 international artists including Aaron Horkey, Andrew Schoultz, Audrey Kawasaki, Brendan Monroe, Esao Andrews, Greg Simkins, Hot Tea, Meggs, Nosego and many others to transform both floors of their building with murals and installations.
You can watch the video from Pow! Wow! SXSW below.
Here’s a great video capturing the fifth year of the @powwowhawaii festival. I’m happy to report that there was an abundance of female artists this year – not always the case with big mural events! Maya Hayuk, Fafi, Olek, Natalia Rak, Tati, Lauren YS, and Hueman are among the artists featured in the video below.
This past year the mural arts festival known as Pow! Wow! grew leaps and bounds, hosting their largest event yet, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and launching a satellite event in Taipei, Taiwan.
This month they continued their rapid expansion by partnering with SXSW and SprATX to bring some mural artists to the city of Austin, Texas. Rone (seen above), Tatiana Suarez, Kamea Hadar, Yoskay Yamamoto, Jeff Gress, Ana Maria, and Meggs were among the attending artists.
More photos (shot by Brandon Shigeta) below.
There were so many incredible murals painted at this year’s Pow! Wow! Hawaii event. It’s impossible to the fully appreciate these works without seeing them in person so maybe you’ll have to fly out to Honolulu and find them.
All the images in this post were painstakingly shot by Brandon Shigeta, who had to wake up extremely early (and also wait around for hours) to catch some of these without cars blocking them. He’s one of the hardest working people at this event every year.
I hope people in Honolulu realise how special this is; Vancouver is dying for something like this. Keep in mind, this post doesn’t even include all the work that was produced this year!
Mural by Sainer and Bezt (Etam Cru)
Mural by Smithe and Case
Mural by Doze Green
Mural by Tristan and Matt Eaton
Mural by Cryptik
Mural by Esao and Aaron Horkey
Mural by Ernest Zacharevic
Painting and flower installation by Fafi
Mural by Hueman
One of many many yarn pieces by Hot Tea
Mural by Katch
Mural by Kevin Lyons
Mural by Mark Dean Veca
Mural by D*Face
Mural by Reach and Debe
Mural by Sever
Mural by Lauren YS and Tatiana Suarez
Mural by Vincent Di Nguyen
Mural by Woes, Nosego, Sainer, Lauren YS, Caratoes, Boykong
Mural by Matt and Roxy Ortiz
There were two artists that worked exclusively with yarn at this year’s Pow! Wow! Hawaii festival: Hot Tea (Minnesota), and Olek (New York). The video below captures Olek as she crochets a beautiful canoe using materials generously provided by Anthropologie. I like the part where she says “my work is never completed, the reaction completes my work”.
Watch the video below.
James Jean at Pow! Wow! Hawaii
Reach at Pow! Wow! Hawaii
My favourite part of attending the Pow! Wow! Hawaii festival each year is getting to meet so many new people. This year I became fast friends with Anna and Christina from VSCO who, along with my pal photographer Carmen Chan, interviewed many of the artists and produced a bunch of mini stories about the event. You can check out their coverage over on VSCO’s Pow Wow Hawaii Journal and be sure to check out their main feature on James Jean here.