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During POW! WOW! Hawaii 2014, artists Kamea Hadar and Defer collaborated on a mural that marked the start of a year-long series of collaborative walls, gallery shows and other creative projects between the two artists entitled “Paradise Lost.” The second installment of the series are two large-scale murals in San Francisco and a viewing of canvas pieces at First Amendment Gallery, which opens August 7. Kamea and Defer both currently live and work in Hawaii. Kamea is the youngest board member of the Hawaii Arts Alliance, is Co-Lead Director of POW! WOW!, and designer/artistic director of Utopium, home of POW! WOW! Hawaii. Defer moved to Hawaii from his hometown of Los Angeles where he was a pioneering member of the first generation of LA graffiti crews K2s, STN and KGB. He’s had a marked influence on the LA graffiti movement since the mid-1980s. His more recent typographic work incorporates Japanese images mixed with his unique hand-style. Be on the lookout for more murals, gallery shows and artistic projects from the “Paradise Lost” series.

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