Hawai’i Art Collectors Flex and Release


Mid-Century Modern just happens to be a design phase that Hawai’i has done quite well. Now a new generation has the chance to take hold of some of the finest local artwork of the time. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports a rare opportunity to acquire artwork from Hawaiian masters for the benefit of the Hawaii State Art Museum.

John Kjargaard. Hawaiian armor.


Senior Art Appraiser Wayne Morioka, Art Dealer / Personal Property Appraiser Andres Harnisch and Friends of HiSAM President Joyce Okano. They discuss what to look for in artwork, market trends, giclee prints and offer collection tips.

the Hawaiian master artists show and the sale is scheduled for next week Friday and Saturday May 4the and 5e at the Hawai’i State Art Museum.

You can view and purchase works of art from the private collections of esteemed collectors including Satoru Abe, Greg Northrop, Henry Blakstad. The sale includes all Hawaiian works from the estate of longtime Honolulu curator Jay Jensen.

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John Kjargaard. Summer. Oil on canvas.

On May 3, a private preview will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for members of the Friends of HiSAM (FHiSAM.) To become a member, click on HERE.

Open to the public :

May 4, first Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (valet parking on Richards Street)
May 5, 10 a.m. – noon

For any inquiries about this event, please email [email protected] or call 808-225-1072.

Senior art appraiser and art consultant Wayne Morioka says the first step to becoming interested in art is to look.

Morioka: When you start looking and you say, I like it, I don’t like it, so the second question after that, why?

This is how collecting becomes a discovery of oneself.

Noah Tanigawa

(l) Andres Harnisch, dealer in art, antiques, jewelry and collectibles, he is an appraiser of personal property through his company, Andres Harnisch Brokerage. (r) Wayne Morioka, senior art appraiser, senior fellow of the American Society of Appraisers and art consultant for almost 43 years. He is also an accomplished artist.

Morioka: Look, ask and see what you like but also what you don’t like. Because many times it will give you direction.

Andres Harnisch is a personal property dealer and appraiser of Andres Harnisch Brokerage.

Harnisch: Wayne was always someone who helped me in the beginning, and still to this day, identify things and he always pointed out to me to look at the workmanship, to look at the details on it, and so for me, the more I deal with things, the more interesting things I find and the more I am interested.

Harnisch: I like things that are old and I like things that have a history. A big part for me is that when I receive a piece I always imagine the artist who painted it or the artist who sculpted it 500 years ago. I would like these pieces to speak to me.

Morioka: If you look at the trends in art, no one has a crystal ball, absolutely no one has a crystal ball. It’s a bet. So the best advice we can give you is to buy what you like. Because no matter what, you will always love what you bought.

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Joyce Okano, President, Friends of HiSAM.

How do people get started? You can take the plunge to Hawaiian master artists show and benefit at the same time at the Hawai’i State Art Museum HiSAM. Friends of HiSAM the president of the boar Joyce Okano.

Okano: We’ve been very fortunate to have a strong art community that truly believes in collecting art and is confident that there will be careers in the future for artists here in Hawai’i.

Okano: Really, a lot of these people donate coins because they want to help Hawaii’s kids and new collectors get started.

Morioka: A lot of these artists that she mentioned, important pieces are offered for sale.

Among the artists represented:

Satoru Abe | Bumpei Akaji | Frank Castor | Allyn Bromley | Ken Bushnell Jean Charlot | Lee Chesney | Isami Doi | Juliette May Fraser | Luigi Fumagali
Hélène Gilbert | Hon Chew Hee | Charles Higa | Ryan Higa | Winifred Hudson

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Omara Islands | Ron Kent | John Kjargaard | Keichi Kimura | Sueko Kimura
Hamilton Kobayashi | John Koga | Harue McVay | Rick Mills | Marie mitsuda
Hiroki Morinoué | Deb Nemad | Bob Ochikubo | Gabor Peterdi | Louis pohl
Laura Rubis | Tadashi Sato | Laurent Seward | Esther Shimazu | Chitra Stuiver
Boyd Sugiki | Toshiko Takaezu | Ruben Tam | Madge Tivent | Michel tom
Lonny Tomono | Ivan Treskow | Harry Tsuchidana | John wisnosky
Glenn Yamanoha | Young Jean

Morioka: These are very good pieces and they represent the best artists that Hawaii has produced in recent times.

There are many works by living artists, including the entire collection of local artwork from the estate of Jay Jensen, perhaps the most influential curator to date in contemporary Hawaii.

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Morioka: Come on. Come on, ask questions. Ask lots of questions.

Morioka says, ask what medium it is, what it is made of, and go from there. I asked, what would you pay for a squirt?

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For the answer to this question and a wealth of collection tips, check out the extended online interview. Learn more about the Hawaiian master artists show to Friends of HiSAM website.

Mahalo to the collectors contributing to this exhibition and sale, including Andres Harnisch, H. Brian Moore, Dale Ruff, Greg Northrup, Hamilton Kobayashi, Harry Tsuchidana, Henry Blakstad, Nancy and Herb Conley, Jay Jensen’s Estate, John Koga, Juli Kimura Walters, Keiko Hatano, M. Wisnosky, Neil Bellinger, Roger Bellinger, Peter Drewliner, Phil Samulski, Satoru Abe, Kathy and Wayne Shimizu and Warren Haruki.

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