Maui Jim Sunglasses
A Selection of Polage® Art commissioned by Maui Jim
Austine and Maui Jim
Since 1997, Austine Studios and Maui Jim, Inc. have had a very special relationship.
When a fan of Austine’s at Maui Jim saw a photo of her wearing polarized sunglasses as she worked, they called her to find out what kind of sunglasses she used. A synergy was born. One thing led to another, and soon Maui Jim Sunglasses commissioned a variety of interactive Hawaii-themed works for use in fine eyewear stores to highlight Maui Jim’s super high-quality polarized lenses.
Over the years Austine and Maui Jim have found ever better ways to use Polage® art to make Maui Jim’s quality and Aloha spirit memorable.
Maui Jim has become Austine’s biggest patron, giving her the opportunity to display her work world wide. Maui Jim also generously underwrote a very large 42-year retrospective of her work at the Lakeview Museum of Arts Sciences in Peoria, IL.
Maui Jim manufactures the finest polarized sunglasses in the world, bar none. So, of course Austine wears Maui Jims for working on her art, and always wears them outdoors too.
Maui Jim Polage® Art
Every year, Austine designs new fine art edition Polage artworks for Maui Jim to display in the best eyewear stores world wide. Recently she has been creating hand-made Polage fine art in 15 inch square and 25 inch square formats.
Without polarized lenses, these artworks appear “invisible” except for a colorful Maui Jim signature.
But when viewed through Maui Jim Polarized Plus® glasses, they magically spring into bright, colorful Hawaiian images. Austine’s images of nature are a perfect fit for Maui Jim, and Maui Jim sunglasses are a perfect fit for Austine! Maui Jim no ka oi.
The Polage® Fine Art editions for Maui Jim should more accurately be described as multiple originals since each piece is made individually by hand.
Custom Polage® Art
Many of the Maui Jim Polage® commissions have been custom designed to highlight special events such as the Augusta Masters, or to include a logo or iconic image, such as the piece created for Whistling Straits Resort (two views shown to the right and left).
One of the largest custom pieces commissioned by Maui Jim for a Sunglass store is the Polage art shown below for Sunglass Island in Cancun. The 16 square foot Polage display covers most of the back wall of the store. At first glance it seems to be just a wall of light with the logo of the store and Maui Jim’s Logo in color, but through Maui Jim Polarized Plus® lenses, a colorful composite image of Cancun and its ocean environment bursts forth.
Sunglass Island Polage Mural without lenses …Sunglass Island Polage Mural through Maui Jim Polarized Plus® lenses.
Maui Jim Mirrors:
Imagine a customer trying on a pair of sunglasses. They turn to look at themselves in a mirror. The light around the border illuminates their face.
Image seen without Maui Jim Sunglasses …and as seen through Maui Jim Polarized Plus® lenses
Maui Jim Polage® POPs: