Cactus Gallery LA
PUEO by artist Jon Ching
Oil on wood, 12” x 12”
The Pueo is an endangered, endemic Hawaiian owl. Jon would use his portion of the sale to donate to WIRES, an Australian wildlife rescue organization.
Jon was born and raised in Hawaii so this piece has extra special meaning. "Aumakua" in Hawaiian culture, are family gods that take the shape of animals, such as sharks, lizards or owls. Moolelo (traditional Hawaiian stories) tell how these aumakua act as guardians of the families connected to them. One Hawaiian proverb says that some aumakua make themselves visible to loved ones by assuming an earthly form, yet retain the nature of a god.