Parker Ranch Art Museum

Photo: ©2000 John Hazeltine

Kamuela, HI



Twenty Years of Painting the Big Island


One of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, make that the world, has recently launched a wonderful museum with masterpieces from Corot to Degas and Dufy. Their first major solo exhibition for a living artist, Twenty Years of Painting the Big Island opens on April 8, 2000 with a smashing display of lovingly created watercolors and oils by Timothy J. Clark.

Clark, whose work can be seen on display at the National Academy Museum in New York City as of February 9, 2000, is in collections from the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine to the El Paso Art Museum in Texas. Inspired by the huge ranch, old estates nestled in the jungle, exquisite and largely unspoiled beaches, tiny atmospheric villages, gracious state parks, and most of all its warm and friendly people, he has been traveling to the Big Island and painting these subjects for two decades. In his work, tropical light bathes the architecture, gardens and natural vistas to reflect a sustaining harmony of humankind with nature during a time of increasing change. (left: Artist on the Hill, Kahua Ranch, © Timothy J. Clark 2000)

"Clark is unique in that he is the only artist I know who divides his time between Hawaii, California and Maine. This is evident in his paintings which are sensitive to the western ranching and New England missionary influences on the Big Island in addition to its Polynesian and indigenous roots. Happily he has the artistic skills and spirit to convey his love of the island," says Kaimi Judd. Director of the Parker Ranch Museum, Judd was born in Hawaii and spent formative years in Kamuela before completing his art history studies at Yale. (right: Sunset, Parker Ranch, © Timothy J. Clark 2000)

Says Clark, "The Big Island has long felt like a second home for me. Its slow pace, lush foliage, and the visible sense of time passing in many of its buildings, rural and ranch scenes, made the subject matter rich beyond inspiring, and painting the tropical light and color of Hawaii has been a challenge that has made me a better artist. With cowboys, saddles and spurs, this really is the far west."

The Parker Ranch was owned by the late Richard Smart for whom art collecting was a passion. When he passed on in 1992, the ranch, the museum and the collection were left for the benefit of the local community of Kamuela. The Clark exhibition will enhance the permanent collection by offering images of the Big Island. Says the Museum's curator, Bertil Long, "Our collection of 19th and 20th century masterpieces is the new pride of the Big Island. The exhibition of Clark' s paintings is a wonderful complement to this collection and depicts the beauty of our island,especially its upcountry sunlight. We are excited because it is also our first showing of 2lst-century art."

Down a mile-long drive past bull pens and cow pokes, The Parker Ranch Museum also displays original ranch furnishings and a remarkable collection of Asian art. It is open to the public from 10-5 each day. Admission to the Museum, including this special exhibit, is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and $5 for children.

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