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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.

Surf Art utilizing the technique of relief printmaking.

Downtown Art Center

A recent interview (January 2021) with Small Hour Films at the Downtown Art Center [1041 Nuuanu Ave Honolulu, HI]


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

The Flux Hawaii

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

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

Commissioned to do a collaboration project with Hawaii Tourism Association and Musubi the furoshiki speciality shop in Japan to bring Hawaii to the Japanese community along with two other local artists of Oahu. His design of 'Monstera' was used to make a limited edition of traditional Japanese cloths wrap, furoshiki.

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2021 Wear Aloha | Adam Et Rope

Hawaii Tourism Japan

Commissioned to create block prints in collaboration with Adam Et Rope as part of HTJ's 'Wear Aloha, Save Aloha' campaign. The artwork was implemented in a limited edition run of Aloha Shirts made available in Japan.

In the Hawaiian culture it is believed that Hawaiians are descendants of the Kalo Plant (Taro.) It is a staple in their diet and is a symbol of humans universal connection to Earth. These relief prints honor the Kalo Plant and reminds us that we are all part of this land and must protect and preserve it.


2020 November - Kahala MKT

Commissioned work with Kahala MKT (Foodland Hawaii) in which Kean created a woodblock print that is implemented as the main visual imagery & incorporated 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

Collaborated with the footwear company, Olukai, to celebrate the bastion of Hawai‘i surf culture with a detailed illustration of its perfect waves on a premium leather sandal - Honoli'i. The original imagery was created using the woodcut method of relief printmaking, that design was then 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. In this work, Kean portrayed 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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Where to Find Kean Arts