Previously Unknown WPA work: Hula Girl and Teacher - By John Melville Kelly
Drypoint etching circa 1930, 13.5" x 10", archivally framed in superb premium Koa wood frame, ready to hang. A rare, previously unknown etching of a Hawaiian hula girl and her kumu hula (teacher), 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 email@example.com 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.