In the wake of the devastating fire that engulfed the picturesque township of Lahaina, Hawaii, acclaimed artist Vjekoslav Nemesh is expressing his profound sadness and devastation over the loss of the treasured art gallery that had been his creative home for over two decades.
Vjekoslav Nemesh, a distinguished artist with a rich artistic career, had established a remarkable relationship with the renowned Art Gallery in Lahaina, Hawaii. For more than 20 years, he collaborated with the gallery, contributing his unique artistic vision to its diverse collection. This partnership not only showcased his extraordinary talents but also contributed to the vibrant art scene that once flourished in the heart of Lahaina.
Reflecting on his collaboration with the gallery, Vjekoslav Nemesh fondly remembers the gallery as a hub of creativity and the people behind it as warm and wonderful individuals. “The Art Gallery in Lahaina has been an integral part of my artistic journey. The gallery’s commitment to art and its supportive community made it a beautiful space to create and showcase my work,” said Nemesh.
Following the tragic fire that swept through Lahaina, Nemesh reached out to the owner and manager of the gallery, receiving the reassuring news that they are safe despite the heartbreaking loss. Nemesh himself had a substantial inventory of artworks and valuable art materials stored within the gallery, representing a substantial investment of time, effort, and creativity.
The loss of the gallery, alongside the destruction of the entire township of Lahaina, has left Nemesh and countless others deeply saddened. “Witnessing the entire beautiful township of Lahaina reduced to ashes is a tragedy that words cannot adequately express. Lahaina was not just a local gem; it was a global destination for art enthusiasts and collectors,” Nemesh lamented.
Lahaina, once a vibrant art hub, boasted a remarkable collection of galleries, numbering over 70 at its peak. Art collectors from around the world were drawn to this scenic destination to explore an array of artistic treasures. From works by iconic artists like Rembrandt, Dali, Picasso, Antony Hopkins, Tony Bennett, and Alexandra Nechita, Lahaina’s art galleries showcased a diverse spectrum of artistic expressions.
Vjekoslav Nemesh’s emotional response to the catastrophe speaks volumes about the profound impact of this tragedy on the artistic community and the collective spirit of Lahaina. As the community grieves the loss of its cultural epicenter, Nemesh and his fellow artists are left to grapple with the void left behind.
Here are pieces painted or exhibited in Hawaii, available from my shop:
ETHEREAL WORLD MAGIC, triptych
three panels 122 X 30 cm each, $9000
oil on canvas, 30 X 122 cm, $ 2,700
oil on canvas, 152 X 50 cm, $5900
HE HAS BEAUTIFUL LIPS
HE’S GOT MOST EVIL EYE
HIS SOUL IS WATERFALL
oil on canvas, 101 X 76 cm
ANGELIC BLOOM (detail)
oil on canvas, 122 X 30 cm, $3,450
oil on canvas, 122 X 61 cm, $6950
EMOTIONAL RESCUE II
oil on canvas, 61 X 91 cm, $3200
oil on canvas, 30 X 122 cm, $2700
VEILS OF THE RED SORCERESS
oil on canvas, 60.5 X 60.5 cm, $3500
LEFT HANDED WARRIOR OF LIGHT (detail)
oil on canvas, 80 X 20 cm, $1,700
MAUI JEWELS AND VEILS (detail)
oil on canvas, 122 X 30 cm, $2700
FAREWELL MAUI (detail)
oil on canvas, 122 X 25 cm, $2950
SAILING WILD SEAS, oil on canvas, 50 X 200 cm SOLD
The first painting finished last year I named Like a drop of water, after a meditation I did in which you visualize you are a drop of water and then you imagine you are part of a great ocean. A friend of mine, Gary Gillet even wrote a poem for my painting.
LIKE DROP OF WATER, oil on canvas, 50 X 200cm, SOLD
Like God’s Heartbeat
The Ebb and Flo…
The tide comes in
And washes rock clean
It pulls back into
All that brave
The wash away
Marine life abounding
Creating Self, anew
Like God’s breath
The wave aspires
To be the ALL,
A drop of water…
In an Endless Ocean.
Here are some beutiful pieces lost in the fire:
One of the next paintings I have done is actually a reworked old painting which I painted a couple of years ago in Hawaii. I had been obsessed with this beautiful Amaryllis which a friend posted on facebook. She sent me several pictures and I used it on several pieces. I really enjoyed painting them. I named this painting Healing power of love, and friend Gary wrote a poem for that one too! This one is also showing in Hawaii.
HEALING POWER OF LOVE, oil on canvas, 80 X 80 cm
Falling, falling –
Deep into the petals
Of a child of Gaia
Dizzy, and Delirious
I bathe in Her
And revel in Her Caress
Into soft, downey folds
Only to Awaken
To a Dream,
CRYSTAL MOON, oil on canvas, 91 X 61 cm
ESOTERIC JOURNEY, oil on canvas, 102 X 76 cm
HAPPY ENDING, oil on canvas, 92 X 46 cm
DANCING WITH STARS, oil on canvas, 50 X 50 cm
ROAD LESS TRAVELED, oil on canvas, 31 X 31 cm
HEAVENLY, oil on canvas, 50 X 50 cm (unstretched)
THAT WARM FUZZY FEELING, oil on canvas, 50 X 50 cm