About The Artist
"As a child of the plantation era, the life lessons learned are still with me to this day. An understanding that has served me in my artistic endeavors is: “What others term mythology, I consider history.”
Commissions have been a place where I can blend my personal understanding and love of Hawaiian history. Murals are a very effective means of communicating. Art has a way of speaking to you, no matter how many times you may view a mural, each time you may see something new. I love that children, as well as all who live or travel in and out of Hawaii will learn and grow in that discovery.
My approach is to come to every project with respect for the ancestors that came before us. Every traveler and immigrant who traveled to these shores, came with the dream to build a better future for themselves and their families. My family had this vision as well. I want that determination to be evident in the faces of those immortalized in my artwork and murals. My highest hope is to inspire and to remind all who view my work who came before us.
Philip Sabado was born and raised in Mauna Loa in the days when you walked barefoot in the plantation villages on the far West side of Molokai. A great deal of his youth was spent fishing, hunting in the rolling hills and mountains of Molokai. Born the youngest of twelve, he took an early interest in art, his mother aside extra income to afford his paper and paints. After serving in the army he began studying at the Honolulu Academy of Arts (a.k.a the Honolulu Museum of Art) to pursue his interest in design and painting. While attending school he would meet his wife Christine to start a family.
Soon after he completed his art program in Honolulu, he interned at the Bishop Museum learning from the great historical archives, also having the benefit of working under Herb Kane. His passion and commitment would then take him to continue his studies at the premier Art Center College of Design in Pasedena, CA. Phil worked within illustration and design in Los Angeles carving out a successful career as an Senior Art Director for the Bristol Meyers Corporation, it was at this time he became one of the top 50 illustrators of that time.
Hawaii called him back in 1984, where he began his next life phase within the fine arts. Over the next 30 years, Phil has been commited to creating art that is historically accurate, depicting the essence of Hawaiian culture in oil painting. He has been commissioned to do many public and private murals and is celebrated within the collector community. His art studio can be found in Wailuku where on any given day you can meet Phil, talk story, and experiamce some of his amazing pieces.
Mahalo Nui for visiting and we hope you stop by when on Maui and say Aloha.
A Hui Hou ~ Sabado Ohana