Hawai'i artists who died young are 'Gone'
Ione Haney looks sullenly at the camera in her ghostly 1983 self-portrait, taken in New York, where she attended the prestigious Pratt Institute. The image is in "Gone ... But Not Forgotten," a show at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i featuring the work of eight Hawai'i artists who are no longer with us.
"These artists share a common history — they each died at a relatively young age and their works received only minimal exposure during their lifetime," said co-curator Tom Okimoto in a written statement.
Okimoto, an artist and instructor at the Hawai'i State Hospital, said the show aims to recognize the artists "as heroic beings dedicated to art as an icon."
All the artists attended the University of Hawai'i-Manoa. In the show are works by Harry Baldwin II, Conrad Craven, Haney, Stanley Hayase, Shugen Inouye, Emi Dorothy Obara, Wyatt Osato and Isami Shima-bukuro.
Haney, a Roosevelt graduate, succumbed to breast cancer in 1993 at the age of 44.
The show is on view through July 7.