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John Melville Kelly 'HOLOKU, HAWAII': Color aquatinit and etching

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Holoku, Hawaii - By John Melville Kelly. Color aquatint and etching, 1943. Measures 10" x 14 3/16," 20" x 25" with frame. Signed and titled by artist. Archivally framed in superb premium Koa wood frame, ready to hang. Kelly's notes on the piece: "The original proof of this subject was printed in color. Four copper plates were used. The key plate or outline was made in the process known as soft ground. The three remaining plates were aquatinted, the printing surface being bitten in various depths to hold the color." **If you are interested in this item, PLEASE CONTACT US at 808-227-2931 or for more information and accurate shipping rates to your location. --- Born in Oakland, CA on Nov. 2, 1879, John Kelly began his art studies at the Mark Hopkins Institute and Partington Art School. He worked for 14 years as an illustrator for the San Francisco Examiner before he and his wife, sculptor Kate Kelly, moved to Hawaii in 1923. The original plan was to stay for a year, but they fell in love with the islands and the people and stayed. Kelly produced numerous etchings and aquatints with Hawaii as a subject, primarily of human figures. He authored and illustrated "Etchings and Drawings of Hawaiians" in 1943, and "The Hula as Seen in Hawaii" in 1955. John Melville Kelly died in Honolulu in 1962.