Paper Trail

Hal Lum

April 5 – May 10

Wed 11–3pm
Fri 3–7pm
Sat 11–3pm

Aupuni Space and Arts & Letters Gallery are pleased to present a dual venue solo exhibition by Hal Lum, Paper Trail.

With a creative practice spanning seven decades, Hal Lum is one of Hawaii’s most prolific and imaginative artists, earning the respect and quiet admiration of his artist peers in Honolulu, as well as in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, where he lived throughout the 70s and 80s. He is intellectually engaged with the world around him, studious and observant, and continually processing his internal and external reality through his disciplined approach to art-making. His works on paper are whimsical and serious all at once; they are a meditation on symbols, art-historical references, color, and composition.

While Hal primarily uses acrylic paint, he takes a drawing-like approach to each artwork. Often, a single work has many iterations, and is visibly layered with multiple ideas over time. His visual language remains strikingly cohesive and bold across time, media, and size – lending themselves to a unified world-making aesthetic narrative that feels distinct to the mind and spirit of Hal Lum.