The Surfriders by Charles Bartlett
The international artist, Charles W. Bartlett, while residing in Hawaii in the 1920’s and 1930’s, produced some of Hawaii’s finest art of the period. Bartlett, who was born in England, studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. After the tragic deaths of both his first wife and only child, he began traveling and painting extensively. He and his second wife traveled to India, Pakistan, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) China and finally Japan, where he formed a mutually rewarding partnership with the great Japanese Printmaker, Shozaburo Watanabe; lending a masterful new dimension to Bartlett’s works.
Having visited Hawaii on a trip to England, they returned to make their home here in Manoa Valley, close to Waikiki. Bartlett became an active and prosperous member of the Hawaii Art Community and painted, from life, images that now are so evocative of the Hawaii of yesteryear
What is a Mirrored Print & Gallery Wrap?
Canvas for Gallery Wrap
Take a good look at your print. The edges are mirrored, so that, the complete image is shown on the face of the frame once it is wrapped. In other words, You don’t lose any of the artwork. Our 2½” mirrored borders, allow your finished product to have a variety of thickness up to 2” deep. Therefore, make sure you choose an experienced framer who can make the frame to the exact specs of your custom print.
Hand-made Rattan Frames
Though the design has changed over the years, we commission these Rattan frames through a small family owned company in The Philippines. Your frame is the result of trial and error of the last 20 years! Rattan is a vine-like Palm that requires forest cover in order to thrive. Rattan grows throughout the jungle for over a quarter of a mile. Its trunk can span a diameter of over two inches down to the thickness of a human hair. The harvester’s collection process is performed by hand by a simple machete. Ultimately, the rattan vine cannot survive without the forest. Rattan quickly regenerates. As a result, this method of harvesting protects the destruction of the forest.