Lahaina Printsellers recreates the beauty of our local artist’s designs, in the form of a Giclée. All of our prints are printed on premium cotton canvas using archival inks from HP. We then coat the canvas with a trade secret mixture and seal the art for a lifetime. Everything is produced locally in Maui at our production studio. If you are a condo owner or just want to renovate your home, please contact us and we will work with you to produce exactly what you envision your condo or home to be. All of our Giclées have a set size on our website, but if they do not match your vision, please contact us and we will determine if the piece can be printed in your desired size. We also offer gallery wraps. If you are interested please contact us and we will give you a custom quote, honoring all web specials available to you. We also have an extensive collection of original art work of what you see on our website, so please contact us if you are interested in the original. Our Hawaiian local art, photography and antique Hawaiian maps are a collection accumulated over the course of 40 years and we invite you to share our collection in your Condo and/or Maui home.
"Surf Riders, Honolulu"
Based upon the original by Charles Bartlett, 1919
Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016
A full-blooded Hawaiian born in 1890, Duke Kahanamoku virtually grew up in the water near his family home in Waikiki. As a young man, his legendary swimming abilities earned him a number of Olympic medals, most notably in Stockholm in 1912. Although he never really worked as a "beach boy", Duke was a familiar figure to those sunning and swimming at Waikiki as he headed to the waves carrying his homemade 16 foot koa surfboard.
Inspired by Duke Kahanamoku and his friends on the beaches of Waikiki in the early 1900's, Charles Bartlett captured the balance and action of that perfect moment when surf riders catch the wave and begin their thrilling ride, balanced on the very edge of a wall of water as they almost seem to fly towards shore.
Charles Bartlett was perhaps the most celebrated island artist of his time, becoming the darling of Hawaii's high-society crowd, where he and his wife were fixtures on the social circuit. In addition to doing portraits of that well-heeled group, he was among a handful of Western artists whose mastery of the Japanese woodblock print tradition brought about a modern revival of that ancient art form. His woodblock prints were very popular and sold from $15 to $30 per print in a time when $15 was equivalent to a week's salary.
Bartlett died in 1940, leaving a rich legacy of artwork documenting Hawaiian scenery and life in the first half of the 20th century.
The Honolulu Academy of Arts honored Bartlett with two major exhibitions, in 1939 and 2001, recognizing his unique contribution to the art and history of our Hawaiian Islands.
Here, using Charles Bartlett's original oils, etchings, and woodblock prints as inspiration, our artists have presented an homage to this beloved artist and expressed their unique interpretations of his most popular works.
Lahaina Printsellers custom-prints this image on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using only the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years.