Tsunami on the Institution

Bishop Museum’s outdoor murals provide an immersive art experience that bridges traditional culture, creative expression, and indigenous perspectives. Each mural was completed in 2021 in conjunction with the special exhibit POW! WOW! The First Decade: From Hawaiʻi to the World showcases some of the most notable Hawai‘i-based artists, international street artists, and sculptors.

“Tsunami on the Institution,” May 2021
Artist: Hueman
Location: Castle Memorial Building

Artists Interpretation: “[This mural] refers to how POW! WOW!, a movement of street artists from nontraditional backgrounds, are now being recognized and legitimized by museums. The movement has crashed through the back door like a tidal wave.”-Hueman

Artist bio: Allison Torneros, known in the art world as “Hueman”, is a multidisciplinary artist based in Oakland, CA. Her distinctly gauzy art style is what she likes to call “etherealism,” a blend of ethereal realism. Whether she is creating delicate visions on canvas, or crushing massive walls with a spray can, she often draws on the human condition to create colorful mashups of the abstract and figurative. Hueman’s unique freestyle process involves creating tightly refined compositions from a spontaneous beginning of paint splashes, drips, and sprays, and her layered works can be seen on public streets and in galleries worldwide.

Hueman was one of the many featured artists in the POW!WOW! The First Decade: From Hawai‘i to the World exhibition displayed at Bishop Museum May 15–Sept. 19, 2021.