Sean K. L. Browne

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Spirit Way, silicon bronze sculpture by Sean K. L. Browne, 1987, Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu
Ikaika (strong), cast bronze and black granite sculpture by Sean K. L. Browne, 1980, Hawaii State Art Museum

Sean Kekamakupaʻa Lee Loy Browne (born 1953) is a contemporary sculptor who was born in Hilo, Hawaii. He attended the Kamehameha Schools and then earned a BA in studio art from the University of Redlands in 1975. In 1981, he studied marble carving under Paoli Silverio in Pietrasanta, Italy and was later appointed an artist-in-residence at the Henraux Marble Company in Lucca, Italy. He returned to Hawaii and earned an MFA in sculpture from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1983. In 1985 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, enabling him to study with Isamu Noguchi in Shikoku, Japan. For many years, Browne taught sculpture at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and at Kapiolani Community College.

Browne is best known for monumental sight-specific sculptures (such as Spirit Way), but also created small works for indoor display (such as Ikaika).

Major Permanent Commissions[edit]


  • Cazimero, Momi, David J. de la Torre and Manulani Aluli Meyer, Nā Maka Hou: New Visions, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, 2001, ISBN 0-937426-46-6, pp. 32–33
  • Yoshihara, Lisa A., Collective Visions, 1967-1997, An Exhibition Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Art in Public Places Program, Presented at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, September 3-October 12, 1997, Honolulu, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, 1997, pp. 150–151.

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