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Waves for Days...

Steven Kean - A printmaker driven by a passion for the process and a love affair with the ocean.

Modern Surf Art utilizing the woodcut method of relief printmaking.

2023 May - Foodland Hawaii

One of ten Hawaii based artists commissioned to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Foodland and share an interpretation of 'Food, Family, Friends & Aloha.' In this woodcut print, Kean honors the Kalo Plant and its deep rooted significance in Hawaiian culture.

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2022 Summer - Tsunagu Hawaii x Musubi

A collaborative project with Hawaii Tourism Association and Musubi the furoshiki speciality shop (Japan.) Kean's relief print, 'Monstera' was implemented in this limited edition traditional Japanese furoshiki (wrapping cloth.)

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2021 Wear Aloha | Adam Et Rope

Relief prints and concepts commissioned via Hawaii Tourism Japan in collaboration with Adam Et Rope as part of HTJ's 'Wear Aloha, Save Aloha' campaign. The artwork was incorporated in a limited edition run of Aloha Shirts made available in Japan.

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2020 November - Kahala MKT

A commissioned project with Kahala MKT - Foodland Hawaii. Kean's woodblock print is the central visual imagery & integrated in various branding elements throughout the market. The print depicts an arial view of Le'ahi (Diamond Head) as seen from the southeast side of Oahu.

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2020 January - Olukai

A collaborative effort with the footwear company, Olukai, celebrating the bastion of Hawai‘i surf culture via a premium leather sandal - Honoli'i. The original imagery was created using the woodcut method of relief printmaking. The design was laser etched into the footbed of the sandal.

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2017 November - VANS

Selected as the official artist of the 2017 Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach, Oahu, HI. Here, Kean depicts the world renowned surf break, Sunset Beach, in the form of a hand carved woodblock print. The imagery was integrated in the scaffold coverings at the contest site, posters and tshirts.

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Testimonials

Kean’s woodblock prints convey energy and a sense of being alive, with each carve, and every wave.

Flux Hawaii Magazine

He is an avid surfer and a passionate artist, and in a time when most of the world is focused on negative vibes, he is the embodiment of Aloha.

The Inertia

 Kean likes the simplicity and stark contrast of working in black and white, but he occasionally adds tones of blue. The resulting imagery evokes the bold wave art of Japan’s Edo period.

Sunset Magazine

Where to Find Kean Arts