Celtic Artist Hamish Burgess will hold his first island exhibition, "The Celtic Art of Hamish Burgess," at a public reception on Saturday, May 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the small gallery at the Hawaiian Village Coffee Shop in the Kahana Gateway Center north of Lahaina.
The event will also feature Celtic music and bagpiping.
The West Maui resident, the son of Scottish parents, studied Celtic art since he was a young man living in the United Kingdom. Coming from Celtic stock and living for many years in a Celtic area of Britain (Cornwall), a love of Celtic art and music was instilled in him at an early age. At the same time, his love of the ocean and surf brought him to warmer climates seeking ultimate dive locations and "the perfect wave."
“Lindesfarne Spirals” by Hamish Burgess
"My partner and I have produced a lot of Celtic music concerts here on the island, but," Burgess said with a laugh, "I guess I had to listen when Liam Clancy, who is perhaps the greatest Irish performer of all time, told me I should concentrate on my art, instead of producing concerts for the likes of him!"
Irish music icons such as The Irish Rovers have purchased his Celtic art for years.
A few years ago, Rovers' founder George Millar discovered Burgess's work on his www.mauiceltic.com Website and called him at his home in Kahana to ask if he would consider working on an album cover. Since then, Hamish's work has been admired internationally on The Rovers' television specials, and he has gone on to create stage backdrops, book covers, DVD covers and several more CDs for the legendary band.
"Celtic artwork has been around since 700 B.C., reaching a high point with the illuminated manuscripts of the Lindisfarne Gospels and Book of Kells created by Celtic Christian monks from 700 to 800 A.D.," said Burgess.
The exhibit will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the end of May.
Hawaiian Village Coffee is located at 4405 Honoapi'ilani Highway, #207. The artist lives right around the corner, and is available to pop in for a chat about his art.
Original paintings, giclee and prints are available for purchase. Preview Burgess' artwork at www.mauiceltic.com/gallery.htm and call (808) 264-5190 to meet him at the coffee shop.