"Bird of Paradise"
Based upon the original by Ted Mundorff, 1943-1950
Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016
Born in Pennsylvania in 1910, Ted Mundorff traveled as a child to Hawaii, where he was educated at Punahou, the prestigious private school in Honolulu. Upon graduation, he returned to the mainland and painted cars for the Ford Motor Company in Detroit, before moving to Los Angeles, where he designed greeting cards for Hallmark.
Returning to Hawaii in 1936, he started a career as painter, illustrator, and cartoonist, eventually opening his "Hawaiian Pallet" studio in Honolulu.
Mundorff illustrated In An Old Hawaiian Garden in 1943, collaborating with another Hawaii legend, Don Blanding, who wrote the verse. In 1950, he illustrated Around Oahu With Moki, which featured photographs by Fred Maxwell.
Mundorff earned respect as an artist whose interpretations of local tropical flowers are as popular today as they were at the time of their creation. Like so many talents of the time, he employed the then new and revolutionary airbrush technique to achieve the soft blends and beautiful tonal shading that medium affords, and he perfected it as his own.
Ted Mundorff died in November 1969, leaving a legacy of romantic botanical studies that are eagerly sought after today by a new generation of collectors.
We custom-print this facsimile on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.