Jon Ching (American, b. 1985) The Dawn of Makahiki, 2019
Jon Ching paints photorealistic fantasies, transforming the stunning colors and patterns found in nature in unexpected ways. In tribute to the Hawaiian festival celebrating Lono, god of agriculture, The Dawn of Makahiki depicts Lono as a pueo, a subspecies of the short-eared owl, found only in Hawaii. The pueo is also a regular manifestation of an ‘aumakua, a Hawaiian family guardian. With this 1000-piece puzzle, linger on the subtleties and hidden delights of Ching’s work.