Art By Mo’tion By Maurice “Mo” Kalaikai
I was born in Aiea, raised in Waipahu and graduated from Waipahu High School. I am a self-taught artist and have a lifetime of experience with different styles of drawing techniques. I create original designs and images that have been sold internationally by a local t-shirt company. My drawings are made of charcoal, pastels, graphite pencils, prisma color pencils, inks and markers.
I love drawing portraits, sea turtles, dolphins, whales, flowers, Hawaiian tribals and anything that captures the beauty of life. At the age of nine I entered my first art contest sponsored by the Bank of Hawaii. The contest had entries from every elementary school in Hawaii and my drawing took first place over all contestants that were entered.
Entering high school, my goal was to have my drawings displayed at the Academy of Art in Honolulu. In my senior year I reached my goal because the Art department entered my drawing to represent Waipahu High School at the Academy of Art. Since then I have dedicated my artistic talent to capturing the beauty and energy of people and their lives.
Mo Kalaikai-Self Portrait [Poster 12 x 16]
Thank you for purchasing and supporting our CARE Project artists. The purpose of the CARE Project is to help these talented artists market and sell their artwork so they can earn money for their transition back to their communities.
When you purchase an art piece, after printing and fulfillment expenses, we pay the artist 60% of the proceeds, and 40% goes to the WorkNet CARE project so we can assist artists with reentry support services.
We help our artists with services such as getting their ID documents, finding employment, housing, and other services they need for a successful transition.
Our artists come up with innovative ways of creating their art since they have limited access to art supplies. They may create their drawings on envelopes, and folders, or render their drawings on two pages. This is why you might see a line in the middle of their drawing.
When the prison allows us, we can provide them with colored pencils or pens so they can draw. What you see in their drawings is a resilient artistic expression that emerges regardless of adversity.
This is an unmatted poster print.