Artist in Residence: Solomon Enos

Rachel Breitweser ’03

Wai‘anae artist Solomon Enos visited campus this winter, working with students in the studio, en plein air, and in Bishop Learning Commons and the Academy Learning Commons in Cooke Library.

Described as a Renaissance man, the multitalented muralist, painter, book illustrator, comic strip creator, educator and futuristic storyteller came to Punahou as an artist in residence, sponsored by the Marcine Lichter ’53 Friedman Fund for Visiting Artists.

In K – 1, Enos demonstrated landscape painting. For middle school and Academy students, he focused on portraiture, even doing live portrait drawings of students. “In all venues Solomon was inspirational, thoroughly engaging and knowledgeable,” said Academy art faculty Ralph Pascucci.

Enos’ work touches on themes of ancestry and identity, the human relationship with the Earth, and the future of Hawai‘i, its people and its resources. His recent work includes commissions for public buildings in Hawai‘i, graphic novels on climate change for the Marshall Islands, augmented reality murals at Google’s California campus, and futuristic waʻa for an upcoming show in Seattle. He also recently had a sculpture on view in Kirsch Gallery at Punahou.

Enos’ visit was funded by the Marcine Lichter ’53 Friedman Endowed Fund for Visiting Artists.