According to Jill Cost's studio records, Long Standing Tenants was the first major oil painting of Curtis' professional career. In it you can see the foreshadowing of many works to come. The use of the foreground rock walls to lead the eye across the hill towards the center of interest is a compositional device used in Quiet Moment, another important painting to come decades later. Also of note is the subtle light dynamics shown in the shadow across the foreground. Looking ahead at more recent works, you can see how these early indications of a strong light source would emerge and become a prominent signature of the work. This and the more obvious elements, the sweeping vista, the cluster of plantation buildings, evolved into Cost's recognizable motif in Hawaiian fine art esthetics. This is a significant and important piece in a career that helped to shape an era in art both in Hawaii and on the mainland.
"I look back with great nostalgia on this piece. It takes me back quite a few years. It's interesting how an image can open up a doorway with all the attendant feelings from a place and time that I thought I'd long forgotten. They waft through like a fragrance on the breeze."
This painting is not available as a giclee. The original was sold in 1979 but has come back into our possession through an estate sale.
Giclee prices shown below are for the unframed print and include insured UPS shipping within the USA. Please call for foreign shipping prices.
Long Standing Tenants is available in the following sizes:
All images are available unframed, gallery wrapped, or in a 1, 3, 5, or 6 piece furniture grade solid Hawaiian Koa wood frame with either linen or silk liner. Liners come in off-white, gray, or blue. The outside framed dimensions can be calculated from the image dimensions as follows: a 1 piece frame adds 1 inch to the overall framed dimension, a 3 piece frame adds 8 inches, a 5 piece frame adds 10 inches, and a 6 piece frame adds 12 inches. Please call or email and we will be happy to provide images to help you get the perfect frame style.
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