FRANK ODA PAINTINGS

 

A Brief overview of Frank Oda's Hale Pua "House of Flowers"

On October 25, 1946 Frank Oda and a partner started Hawaii Glass and Arts. Mr. Oda, prior to WWII, worked as an artist and book illustrator for the Tongg Publishing Co. where he illustrated classic Hawaiiana books such as Birds of Hawaii by George C. Munro, Common Insects of Hawaii by Fullaway & Krauss, Hawaiian Flowers and Flowering Trees by Kuch & Tongg and Hawaiian Fishes by Tucker. He also designed textiles for several companies including Von Hamm Young. Oda also worked as a product photographer and for the police department.

The paintings and etched glass works sold at this time were under the name Hale Pua (House of Flowers) and Hawaii Glass and Arts. Frank Oda ended that partnership and went into business with his wife Ethel H. Oda and formed Arts Hawaii on December 11, 1951.

Arts Hawaii became a partnership in 1973 when Frank Oda’s youngest son, Gary Oda, joined the company after post-graduate studies in England at the Camden Art Centre in London from 1969-1970 and The London College of Printing from 1972-1973. Gary also served a tour of duty in the U.S. Army between these two schools. He received a BFA from the University of Hawaii in 1969. Arts Hawaii incorporated in 1979 when Gary Oda took over management and in 1990 Gary took over artistic production.

The largest producer of hand drawn and multiple deep etching in Hawaii, Arts Hawaii also produced air brushed paintings till 1975. Collectibles, such as our glass brick vases with koa and monkeypod bases and air brushed paintings have become prized possessions actively sought after worldwide. With the advent of on-line auctions, interest in creations from Arts Hawaii has increased among collectors of Hawaiiana even faster. Traded daily on international websites, artwork by Frank Oda, Hale Pua and Arts Hawaii has risen in value over the years.

The tradition of giving hand etched glassware for weddings and anniversaries as well as aloha, mahalo, or house warming gifts to friends and family is now being carried on by third and fourth generations of islanders and visitors. The uniqueness and beauty of these pieces, each hand drawn, cut and etched, has become one of Hawaii’s "special" gifts.

Unfortunately for the Art World and predomantly due to cheap knock offs being produced in China, Arts Hawaii closed its gallery and workshop on July 26, 2007.

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FRANK ODA Yellow Hibiscus PAINTING

 

AUTHENTIC ORIGINAL - Not a Repro, not a print - RARE

"Arts Hawaii", founded by Frank Oda, closed its doors permanately in July 2007. During the cleanup of the building a few original pieces of Frank Oda's work were found in the attic and aquired by us (hawaiianarts / www.Hawaiiana.us). These very rare, vintage originals haven't seen the light of day for more than 50 years.

The colors on these pieces are as vibrant as when they were created and the velvet backrounds look great. The painted portions are solid and stable but the unpainted areas are slightly brittle and delicate; excessive handling should be avoided.

When these are gone that's it! Only warped, aged, faded, cracked, stained and discolored inferior ones will be available on the secondary market.

This particular piece is in excellent condition (the colors are simply superb) and will be shipped mounted on archival backing and will be well protected and packed for safe delivery.

Dimensions = 20'' High by 16'' Wide.

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FRANK ODA RED HIBISCUS PAINTING

 

AUTHENTIC ORIGINAL - Not a Repro, not a print - RARE

"Arts Hawaii", founded by Frank Oda, closed its doors permanately in July 2007. During the cleanup of the building a few original pieces of Frank Oda's work were found in the attic and aquired by us (hawaiianarts / www.Hawaiiana.us). These very rare, vintage originals haven't seen the light of day for more than 50 years.

The colors on these pieces are as vibrant as when they were created and the velvet backrounds look great. The painted portions are solid and stable but the unpainted areas are slightly brittle and delicate; excessive handling should be avoided.

When these are gone that's it! Only warped, aged, faded, cracked, stained and discolored inferior ones will be available on the secondary market.

This particular piece is in excellent condition and will be shipped mounted on archival backing and will be well protected and packed for safe delivery.

Dimensions = 20'' High by 16'' Wide.