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"The Makamakaole Gulch Man"  Painting

Edwin Ushiro

United States

Painting, Digital on Plastic

Size: 22.2 W x 30.5 H x 0.1 D in

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Originally listed for $3,670
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About The Artwork

The Artwork: His origin has been told and retold over Boy Scout campfires at Camp Maluhia on the island of Maui for several generations with many variations. In my time, the legend of the Makamakaole Gulch Man had ties to the fact that a man escaped prison and was last spotted in these camp grounds. A search party was sent out but no trace of the man was ever found. Then, this is where the twist begins. The Makamakaole Gulch Man had to amputate his leg and replaced it with a wooden stump. You could hear him approaching you from a distance, through the stillness of the night, the stomp of a shoe accompanied by the heavy sound of a piece of wood being dragged through the grass. I believe this story was invented by Scoutmasters to keep adventurous children inside the camp grounds at night. The Process: This painting was created with digital and traditional techniques. First I begin with traditional graphite and ink drawings with backgrounds completed in watercolor and acrylic washes. I then imported into Photoshop where the final image is printed onto acetate. Thin amounts of acrylic paint are applied to the front and back of the acetate and figures are sealed with an opaque coat of white paint. In the final stage, the acetate is mounted to Plexiglas or Lucite.

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Painting:Digital on Plastic

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:22.2 W x 30.5 H x 0.1 D in

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Edwin Ushiro's work resonates with the echoes of his boyhood in the "slow town" of Wailuku on the Hawaiian island of Maui. In his paintings, he recalls the sun-struck days of youth, when the world was fresh and magical, but also explores the eerie folklore indigenous to dark country roads and the boundless depths of the childhood imagination. While structuring his work around the narrative tradition of "talk story" native to the Hawaiian islands, he interweaves the uncanny obake tales of his Japanese heritage. Working in a unique mixed media technique which involves laboring in ink and acrylic over sheets of Lucite printed with assemblages of his more traditional drawings and paintings, he creates reflections on the past that are luminous and nostalgic, like cherished memories burnished by the passage of time. After earning a BFA with Honors in Illustration from Art Center College of Design, he worked in the entertainment industry as a storyboard artist, concept designer and visual consultant. More recently, he has exhibited in venues worldwide, including Villa Bottini in Italy, the Museum of Kyoto, the Honolulu Museum of Art, and the Japanese American National Museum. In 2016, Edwin created his first and second mural as a participant of both POW! WOW! Hawaii and Long Beach. A monograph of his artwork, entitled Gathering Whispers, has been published by Zero+ Publishing. He lives and works between Los Angeles and Maui.

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