John Kelly (1878-1962)
Kapa Hana, ca. 1930
8 x 10in (20.3 x 25.4cm)(image)
Dry point etching
A previously unknown image commissioned by Anna Rice Cooke, founder of the Honolulu Academy of Arts.
John Melville Kelly (1878-1962) was mostly known for his etchings which featured Hawaiian and Asian subjects. Born in Oakland, California, Kelly had his first drawing published at the age of 17. Three years later, he attended the Partington Art School in San Francisco. In 1908, he married sculptress Katherine Harland. In 1923, Kelly moved to Hawaii to work for Charles R. Frazier. He also served as art director for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin from 1926-32. (University of Hawaii at Manoa Library)