Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery to show works by Kim Starr
July 30, 2009 · 10:16 AM
The Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery will offer the new works by Hawaiian painter Kim Starr from August 12 to September 6. A Meet the Artist activity will be from 6-9 p.m. on August 12.
A native of the northwest, Starr pursued and excelled in a career in professional illustration and advertising in her years immediately after college. In 1981 she and husband moved to the island of Hawaii, where they resided in Holualoa on the west (or Kona) side of the island.
It was in April 1984 that Holualoa became the first location for The Kim Starr Gallery showcasing her romantic impressionism exclusively. In January 1997 Starr and her husband opened a second Kim Starr Gallery in Hanapepe, a small historic town on the south-west corner of the island of Kauai.
The Hilton Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, The Villas at Mauna Kea, Punahou Cliffs, Commodore Club, Honolulu, are a few of the larger projects that Starr has been commissioned for featured paintings. Ian Snowden, fine art appraiser, commissioned Kim Starr to create a painting with a celebrated piece of silver from the Snowden Collection. This painting was completed and featured a “Silver Flask” from George Bernard Shaw to Howard French, New York. The painting is now in the Snowden Collection.
Starr's most recently commissioned work is a pair of large oil paintings on canvas which hang in the entry of the newly remodeled Sheraton Waikiki Resort Hotel lobby.
Critics have said that her work elicits an immediate emotional response. Viewers are drawn into the image and surrounded by its elegance.
In the last 28 years, Starr has created paintings and works on paper for corporate and private collections and her art hangs in public spaces, world-class resorts and homes throughout the world.