In this week’s feature, Daza Design again searches the design community for inspiring artists. Today’s feature will once more break away from our typical web design or logo design conversation. As an online design company, we enjoy the numerous creative possibilities that art possesses. It is why we dive into the world of the Hawaiian artist, Sean Yoro.
Sean Yoro, who is also better known as Hula, is a New York City-based artist that you may have heard of before. Toro is known for his photorealistic murals, but what sets the painter apart is where he paints his art and what he uses as his canvas. Previously, Hula gained recognition for his serene waterside paintings in unusual locations such as NYC’s waterfront.
The unusual locations of Hula’s acrylic murals are the very first of its kind. To locate these murals, you would have to venture out to the waters to see them for yourselves. So how does Hula paint them? The Hawaiian artist is popular for using his infamous surfboard to reach the locations of his murals.
Using oil paint on an installed acrylic sheet, his murals feature photorealistic human portraits of women that are seemingly bathing in the seawater. These one of a kind murals take an extreme (and patient) kind of craftsmanship, especially when considering the inherent difficulty of paddling out to sea then having to balance yourself on the board whilst painting highly realistic art.
Today, Hula is making waves for leveraging his art form as a platform to raise awareness on the world’s rising sea levels in his art series, A’o ‘Ana. The mural series’ title is Hawaiian for, ‘The Warning’. Hula has ventured to Iceland to use icebergs — we’re not even kidding — as his chosen canvas to unify interest to a global cause.
Why an iceberg mural? Hula on his site explains why and he provides a profound answer.
“…In the short time I was there, I witnessed the extreme melting rate first hand as the sound of ice cracking was a constant background noise while painting. Within a few weeks these murals will be forever gone, but for those who find them, I hope they ignite a sense of urgency, as they represent the millions of people in need of our help who are already being affected from the rising sea levels of Climate Change.”
The ephemeral state of the iceberg mural is a perceptive reflection on the time-sensitive nature of global warming, owing to the fact that eventually these iceberg murals paintings will melt and disappear to never be found again.
As on creative design agency, Daza Design is immensely inspired to replicate the thought process and holistic approach Sean Yoro brings to his art form. We believe that at the heart of every artist in any focus — graphic design, visual art, print design — is the yearning to create a profound effect that will move the world into action.
What will you do today that will change tomorrow?