Ka’iulani Wahinenoilama known as KAI, is a Hawaiian artist born in Utah and now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Being from a family of the world famous singer Don Ho, she grew up in a culture filled with artful music and movement. Her distinctive style emanates her culture and expresses the vibrant Aloha Spirit that is evident in everything she creates.
Ka’iulani Wahinenoilama known as KAI, is a Hawaiian artist born in Utah and now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Being from a family of the world famous singer Don Ho, she grew up in a culture filled with artful music and movement. Her distinctive style emanates her culture and expresses the vibrant Aloha Spirit that is evident in everything she creates. KAI was discovered by the world renowned Marine Life artist, Wyland, who recognized her talent sculpting extreme cakes on the reality TV show “Cake Boss” and encouraged her to transform her talent to painting and permanent sculpting. KAI created original pieces to hold her first successful art show in 2017 at Wyland Galleries Laguna Beach, California. He has since become her greatest mentor. As a child KAI was inspired by the natural beauty of the world around her and she was driven to create deep within her soul. She is a self-taught artist with no professional training which gives her the ability to naturally create through feeling and is continually evolving reinventing herself. KAI keeps her collectors awestruck, never knowing what she will create next. The artist believes that beauty is found in the most humblest of places, and is especially drawn to the beautiful imperfections of life. Through her paintings we experience an extensive and fascinating perspective. It is evident, by those affected with intense emotions when they experience the feeling behind her art. KAI is one of the very first artists to have an exhibit on display at a Smithsonian Natural History Museum and she continues to push the boundaries of the art world. Truly living up to the meaning of her given name, Ka’iulani “Highest point in heaven”. Indeed, KAI has applied the strengths of her medium and developed her own inimitable style and is very versatile in her techniques and creations. Her artwork is sought after by prominent private art collectors and numerous celebrities including Mariah Carey, Michael Godard, Mike Tyson, Vince Neil, Jon Lovitz, Omarosa, Conor McGregor and many more, who all share the deeply emotional experience and are favorably impressed. “Artwork should make you FEEL something, something so deep it’s undeniable.” -KAI The Art of KAI can be found at www.kailava.com , Wyland Galleries Key West and Signature Galleries Venetian Las Vegas. With more to come...
Like Norman Rockwell, Seuss personally created every rough sketch, preliminary drawing, final line drawing and finished work for each page of every project he illustrated. Despite the technical and budgetary limitations of color printing during the early and mid-twentieth century, Dr. Seuss the artist was meticulous about color selection. He created specially numbered color charts and elaborate color call-outs to precisely accomplish his vision for each book. Saturated reds and blues, for example, were carefully chosen for The Cat in the Hat to attract and maintain the visual attention of a six-year-old audience. By the time Seuss’s book career took off, sharp draftsman skills were evident in drawings. His ability to move a storyline ahead via illustrations filled with tension, movement and color became a hallmark component of his work, and the surreal images that unfolded over six decades became the catalyst for a humorous and inspired learning experience.
Artist Leo Rijn, the inaugural sculptor for the Dr. Seuss Tribute Collection I, was selected to launch this project due to his prized work with some of today’s top talent in the world of film, entertainment and the visual arts (including Tim Burton, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg). Rijn has been identified as one of today’s brightest sculpting talents because of his ability to breathe life into the written word and successfully transform two-dimensional ideas into three-dimensional works of art. Universal Studios commissioned Leo to develop and oversee the creation of numerous maquette scale models for the Monumental Dr. Seuss Sculptures at Seuss Landing in Orlando, Florida. Leo was instrumental in the art direction for many of the sculpted characters and buildings now on display at this permanent Seuss attraction. His strikingly accurate Seuss works embody a masterful and intuitive Seussian sensibility, establishing him as a leading talent in interpretive sculpting.
Seuss embarked on an ingenious project in the early 1930s as he evolved from two-dimensional artworks to three-dimensional sculptures. What was most unusual for these mixed-media sculptures was the use of real animal parts including beaks, antlers and horns from deceased Forest Park Zoo animals where Seuss’s father was superintendent. Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy was born in a cramped New York apartment and included a menagerie of inventive creatures with names like the “Two Horned Drouberhannis,” “Andulovian Grackler,” and “Semi-Normal Green-Lidded Fawn.” Shortly after Seuss created this unique collection of artworks, Look Magazine dubbed Seuss “The World’s Most Eminent Authority on Unheard-Of Animals.” To this day, Seuss’s Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy remains as some of the finest examples of his inventive and multi-dimensional creativity.
Illustrator by day, surrealist by night, Seuss created a body of irrepressible work that redefines this American icon as an iconographic American artist. Yet, the Secret Art often shows a side of the artist that most readers, familiar with him through his classic children’s books, have never seen. This collection, created over a period of more than 60 years, encompasses the entirety of Seuss’s multi-dimensional talent. The artistic golden thread highlighted throughout this collection is apparent in each wildly imaginative and surreal Secret Art image. The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss is an inimitable collection of artworks created at night for his own personal enjoyment. These works were rarely, if ever, exhibited during his lifetime and provide a deeper glimpse into the art and life of this celebrated American Icon.