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Diamond Head From Tantalus
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by Charles Bartlett



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 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.

"Diamond Head From Tantalus"

Based upon the original by Charles Bartlett, 1923

Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016

Charles William Bartlett, born in 1860 in Dorestshire, England, first became a chemist for some years but then found his true passion as he studied at the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Academie Julian in Paris. Well established as an artist by his fifties, he took an extended tour through Asia, where he visited the Watanabe Printshop and became captivated by the ancient Japanese woodblock technique.

Wanting to break up the long ocean voyage on his return home to England, he decided to make a stopover in Honolulu, and thus began an exciting new phase of his life. Bartlett hadn't counted on the natural beauty of Hawaii and the charms of its people, so although he originally intended to stay only a few weeks, he became enchanted with the island paradise and decided to make it his new home. He quickly settled in to his tropical way of life, and in 1933, he founded Honolulu Printmakers, an organization that continues today.

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.