11" x 14" matted print of an 8" x 10" giclee printed original. Printed and assembled in Hawaii. Frame not included.
Title : 'Keiki'
Keiki Beach on the North Shore of Oahu is known for its powerful shore break. In this woodcut print, Kean illustrates a wave standing straight up ready to explode onto the sand. A common site in the winter months, this wave is best viewed from the safety of the beach.
A Pennsylvania native residing on the North Shore of Oahu since 2008, Steve Kean is an artist working primarily in the woodcut method of relief printmaking. Woodcut is a technique where the artist carves into a block of wood, leaving raised areas to receive ink. The ink block is then printed on paper.
‘The process of carving wood evokes emotions that are similar to those experienced when riding a wave. I enter a soothing, therapeutic, almost meditative state when driving a gouge through the block. The sensation of carving a smooth line is similar to the feeling of sliding on the surface of a wave. In each activity, I’m harnessing a certain energy. I seek to challenge myself in conveying this parallel to the viewer through the repetition of crisp line work and elegant mark making. It is an exploration into the dichotomy of stillness verses movement.’