RARE Original wood block and print depicting a Hawaiian woman holding a flower lei. Both items are included: Wood block: 1.2x3x5.25″, Print: 5.25″ x 3.25″. Print comes in period original black frame.
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Donald Benson Blanding (1894-1957) moved to Honolulu, Hawaii as a young man, near the end of 1916. His first job was as a cartoonist for the “Honolulu Advertiser”, one of two local newspapers. He joined the army in 1917, and after the Armistice, Blanding was honorably discharged, returning to Chicago for more classes at the Art Institute, and designing posters on a freelance basis. He also became the head of the Rockford Art Guild classes, and was an art instructor at Rockford College. After some study in Paris and London, Blanding returned to Hawaii in 1921 to work for the “Honolulu Star-Bulletin” as an advertising artist. Blanding would eventually publish over twenty books of poetry and prose, all illustrated with his unmistakable style, as well as artwork for the books of author friends. He also designed a line of dinnerware for Vernon Kilns of California in the 30’s and 40’s, as well as greeting cards, and Aloha shirts for various Hawaiian clothing designers.
Source: Keith Emmons, biographer of the artist.