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The Muralist and the Whale: Painting a Sense of Place 2018-11-03

The Muralist and the Whale: Painting a Sense of Place

On Oahu’s north shore, the town of Kahuku is defined by Hawaii’s natural beauty. Nestled between the dramatic Ko‘olau Mountains and world-class surf destinations, it’s home to one individual who has a talent for transforming Hawaii’s seascapes into works of art.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Hilton Alvez grew up to become a waterman, community leader, and skilled painter. He was always inspired by the beauty of the ocean, expressing his creativity through art mediums including large scale murals. Hilton began his global quest to paint “101 Perfect Waves” in Kalihi, Oahu, where he painted the Banzai Pipeline over 14,000 square-ft of wall space. Hilton is no stranger to Maui, as his third Perfect Wave of Honolua Bay is painted on Lower Main Street, Wailuku.

While the winter months in Maui are notorious for generating the big waves that Hilton paints, it also brings in one of Hawaii’s most anticipated visitors: humpback whales.

Humpback whales are not a foreign subject matter for Hilton, but a whale mural at Maui Ocean Center is definitely a first. As Maui Ocean Center moves closer to opening the Humpbacks of Hawaii Exhibit & 3D Sphere, in addition to the recent sightings of humpbacks in Maui waters, the timing was impeccable for Hilton to create two whale murals at the Aquarium.

The first mural was a revitalization of Maui Ocean Center’s dolphin water feature. Working with the Aquarium’s Exhibit Designer, Chris Masterson, the vision called for an image of a mother humpback whale escorting her young calf, an iconic symbol of the great humpback whale migration to Hawaii. Using nothing but an image as a reference, Hilton used an airbrush to free-hand paint the mother humpback without the use of templates or guides. The re-purposing of a humpback whale calf model brought a 3D element to the refreshed water feature.

Behind the scenes in the Humpbacks of Hawaii exhibit hall, Hilton was tasked with the unique challenge of painting the underside, ventral pleats of a humpback whale along the curved wall of the 3D sphere. The challenge wasn’t just painting a life-size image on a 54ft wall – it was painting the image across a curved medium. Without being able to see his canvas from end to end, Hilton had to maintain a mental image in order to keep the scale consistent across the curve.

Within a week’s worth of work, Hilton’s lifetime of experience transpired into two incredible works of art.

Murals are often centerpieces of communities and landmarks that helps create a sense of place for residents and visitors. For Maui Nui, humpback whales have largely contributed to Maui’s identity and why living here in the islands is so unique.

Hilton is one example of how the ocean continues to inspire us to find ways to connect with nature and share it with those around us. It’s an opportunity to involve the community, schools, private institutions, and local governments to help bring the ocean to public view with a purpose, whether to highlight environmental challenges or celebrate the beauty of nature.

Written by Evan Pascual, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator.
Photo by Maui Ocean Center


Artist HiLTON… www.theartofhilton.com

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