John M. Kelly 1878 - 1962

Leilani, Hawaii (No. 26/), c. 1930
Etching and Drypoint
9.75 x 7.75 in (24.76 x 19.68 cm)
IN 1943 the Honolulu Star Bulletin published the book "Etchings and Drawings of Hawaiians by John Kelly". In addition to reproducing a selection of work by Kelly, it included a commentary about the prints and drawings he created. About "Leilani", Kelly wrote:

"This drypoint was made by scratching the design into the bare copper with a hard steel point. The lighter the pressure and the more vertically the point is held over the plate, the lighter and more delicate will be the lines made. Comparatively few, sometimes very few proofs can be made from this type of plate".

Illustrated at pp. 66-67 in Natasha Roessler Drucker, "Hawaiian Idyll", Exhibition catalog from 2005 Exhibition at Honolulu Academy of the Arts.

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