PDX Artist Exhibit - January 2020
Author | groundwork coffee Date | January 23, 2020
Groundwork is excited to partner with local Portland artist, Shay Mac, a.k.a. Pono Pinto.
Why "Pono Pinto"? Pono is an Hawaiian nickname he picked up while working on an organic farm on the Big Island. This polysemy word means truth, balance, righteousness. He kept the name so that his work may serve as a reminder to strive toward being a good person.
Pono’s work is inspired by myths and legends, as well as stories of human fortitude. He depicts characters in motion, charging forward, despite unfavorable circumstances. He often paints on what is around him, finding scraps of wood or metal most useful.
Recently, on his family’s cattle ranch in West Texas he painted an old windmill blade his father found while riding horseback through their pasture. His grandfather had signed the blade with motor grease back in 1948! The windmill blade speaks to his ‘found art’ style and harkens back to Pono’s time spent as a wind turbine technician, traveling the country, before he settled in Portland as an artist.
From January 25th to March 7th, we'll have Pono Pinto's work on display at our Vaughn St cafe in Portland, OR. While grabbing your daily caffeine fix, check out Pono Pinto's unique style of large bold colored, playful pieces accompanied by smaller woodcuts and full color screen prints of dynamic mythical characters.
We'll be kicking off the exhibition on January 25th. From 12pm-3pm, join us at our Vaughn Street cafe to check out the art and meet Pono Pinto.