Eric’s artistic career began at adolescence when he worked as an apprentice to the great Ed “Big Daddy” Roth (creator of “Rat Fink”) in the 80’s. Since then, Eric has worked independently with diverse clientelle, primarily grounded in the surf industry for a client list that has included surf industry leaders such as Billabong, O’Neill, and Honolua Surf Company. Commercial work has not diminished his love of fine art which has kept him versitile, painting, illustrating, sculpting, shooting photography and more.
Eric embraces unique and culturally based inspiration from his background and experiences, which resonates in the island/surf flavor of his work. Examples of his commercial design work can be found at techniquegraphics.com. The purpose of this, “KEWE.com” site is to showcase his fine art. This repertoire includes a diverse range of pieces from one of a kind NeoPolynesian
ceramic sculptures to breathtaking surf and island scapes. In keeping with his island/surf style, Eric’s endless creativity has now found an outlet on surfboards as well. Holding a BFA and High School Secondary Art Credential, Eric has spent the last 18 years helping youth explore their own artistic pursuits, an endeavor that he enjoys.
According to Eric, school teachers and classmates never really seemed to be able to accurately pronounce his Hawaiian Surname, “Keawekane” (Kay-aw-vay-kaw-nay). In an effort to ease the burden of the constant mispronunciation, at some point, one of his classmates started calling him “Kewe”. This was pronounced like things native to New Zealand or the famous shoe polish “Kiwi”. It stuck; and by high school, Eric started signing many of his artistic creations with “Kewe”. He places a long symbol over the “e’s” to give it the haole or non-Hawaiian pronunciation as it was given to him. The “w” is pronounced as a “w” and not a “v” for the same reason.