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Mapala, Hawaii - By John Melville Kelly

Regular price $4,550.00 Sale

Mapala #8, Drypoint etching 1930. 10 1/4" x 8 5/8." Archivally framed in superb premium Koa wood frame, ready to hang. Produced for The Works Progress Administration, a Depression-era agency during the Roosevelt Administration which employed millions of people, including musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors, to carry out public works projects. **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, Kelly began his art studies locally at the Mark Hopkins Institute and Partington Art School. By 1903 he was a staff artist for the San Francisco Examiner, a position he held for 14 years. He further studied under Spencer Macky and Frank Van Sloun at the CSFA. He was active in the San Francisco Bay area until 1923 when he settled in Honolulu. There he continued as head of the art department for the Star Bulletin. Kelly died in Honolulu on Sept. 9, 1962. His etchings are mostly Polynesian subjects.