Isaacs Art Center

Lionel Walden

Hailed as the “supreme interpreter of the Hawaiian seas,” Lionel Walden (1861-1933) first traveled to the islands on the invitation of Honolulu artist Kimo Wilder in 1911. Entranced with Hawaii's colorful landscapes and shores, Walden split each year thereafter between Hawaii and France. He arrived an accomplished figure in the salons of Paris, where he won numerous medals and was inducted to the French Legion of Honor. An enthusiastic member of the Hawaiian Society of Arts, Walden frequently exhibited in group shows and collaborated with other prominent artists, including D. Howard Hitchcock and William Twigg-Smith, to execute murals for public buildings and expositions.