Painters & Sculptors Program 2017 Solomon Enos
Solomon Robert Nui Enos is a Native Hawaiian artist, educator, and visionary who has been making art for more than 30 years. His work touches on themes of ancestry and identity, the human relationship with the Earth, and the future of Hawai‘i, its people, and its resources. Solomon has exhibited in Biennial X (Honolulu Museum of Art), 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Queensland Art Gallery), CONTACT art exhibitions, and others. His work is held in private collections and in the public collection of the Hawai'i State Art Museum. He has led numerous community mural projects and has received art commissions for hotels, corporate offices, public buildings, and schools in Hawai'i.
“I describe myself as a ‘radical optimist.’ In the face of anxiety, uncertainty, and the proliferation of dystopian futures, my artwork expresses an aspirational and hopeful vision of the world and humanity at its best. I see art as a way to communicate with and connect the past, present, and future.”
After the Darkness, There Is Still Darkness, 2016, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches
We Will Harness the Power of Extreme Weather, 2015, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches
We Will Convert Plastic Into Water, 2015, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches
Millennial Figure, Year 16,000, 2017, mixed-media on paper, 8 x 11 inches
Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.