In celebration of their exhibit, Paradise Lost, at 1AM Gallery in San Francisco, artists Kamea Hadar and Defer set out to cover local walls with their signature artwork. Two murals, one on the exterior wall of the gallery itself, span full walls and feature a blend of Hadar's classic portraiture with Defer's calligraphic ornamental designs. The elegant, suggestive beauty of the feminine faces are highlighted by the lively, expressive power of the more abstract combination of lines.
“It's really fun how the two of us have been going back and forth,” explains Hadar. “In some cases, [Defer] lays out the ‘bones' of the piece and I paint the flesh over it, in other cases I paint in the figure and he dresses them with a headdress or other decorative element afterwards. Ancient Hawaiians put a large importance on the bones, or ‘iwi' of a human being, which contrasts greatly with the West's perception of life in flesh and this balance of opposing perceptions is something that Defer and I are constantly examining in Paradise Lost.”