Across Generations II: Ka-Ning Fong & Erin Marquez

Across Generations II: Ka-Ning Fong & Erin Marquez

**The Gazebo** by Ka-Ning Fong

 

It all began last Fall with the discovery of a treasure trove of forgotten oil paintings underneath 84 year-old local artist Harry Tsuchidana’s couch. Friends of HiSAM’s (Hawai’i State Art Museum) board members decided to display the found paintings at Artizen by MW, at HiSAM. Another show followed, Across Generations, from November 2016 to February 2017, featuring new works by local art legends Satoru Abe and Hamilton Kobayashi along with 21-year-old prodigy Kainoa Gruspe.

With a brand new quarterly schedule, the Across Generations concept plans to feature some of Hawaii’s legendary living artists from HiSAM’s collection, combined with new younger artists. The next show will feature new works by Ka-Ning Fong, master of cityscapes, of familiar Honolulu scenes ,as well as his favorite settings in Paris bathed in the still evening light. Many of Fong’s paintings are in the permanent collection of HiSAM and at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Fong is also a dedicated drawing and painting instructor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he received his BFA and MFA. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, and has had solo shows throughout Hawaii including The Contemporary Museum and was the featured artist at The Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Showing alongside Fong will be his former student and rising art star, Erin Marquez, with her vivid, life-like paintings and sculptures of local Hawaiian birds in their natural surroundings. With a solid foundation in traditional art mediums, Marquez is well on her way toward becoming a highly collectible artist.

Ka-Ning Fong (b. 1956 Hong Kong) immigrated from Hong Kong to Hawai‘i in 1967. Known for his cityscapes, Fong captures the enigmatic light in the darkness of his evening scenes. His paintings are in the permanent collection upstairs, and at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Fong is also a dedicated drawing and painting instructor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he received his BFA and MFA. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, and has had solo shows throughout Hawaii including The Contemporary Museum and was the featured artist at The Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Erin Marquez (b. 1982, Honolulu) is currently working toward her BFA at the University of Hawaii and has studied under the tutelage of Ka-Ning Fong and Snowden Hodges. She is passionate about capturing the intricacy of animals in their natural surroundings in her art. Here, she presents her paintings and sculptures of some of her favorite local Hawaiian birds.