Cornelia MacIntyre Foley

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Cornelia MacIntyre Foley
Cornelia Foley Self-portrait.jpg
Self portrait, 1934
Cornelia MacIntyre

(1909-01-31)31 January 1909
Honolulu, Hawaii
Died 18 January 2010(2010-01-18) (aged 100)
Severna Park, Maryland
Nationality American
Education University of Hawaii, University of Washington, Slade School
Known for Painting, printmaking, sculpture
Movement Hawaiian Modernism

Cornelia MacIntyre Foley (1909–2010) was an American painter from Hawaii.


Hawaiian Woman in White Holoku by Cornelia MacIntyre Foley, 1937, Honolulu Museum of Art

Cornelia MacIntyre was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 31, 1909. She began her art training under the first art instructor the University of Hawaii, Huc-Mazelet Luquiens (1881–1961). Foley continued her art education at the University of Washington, and spent two years in London at the Slade School of Art as a pupil of Henry Tonks (1862–1937). From London, she returned to Hawaii, where she studied with Madge Tennent from 1934 to 1937 and subsequently married Lieutenant Paul Foley (who became a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy). During 1937–1941, the couple lived in Long Beach, CA and in Seattle, Washington in 1941–1942. Cornelia Foley died January 18, 2010 in Severna Park, Maryland.[1]

Varhey Circle Fountain, cast concrete fountain by Henry H. Rempel and Cornelia MacIntyre Foley, 1934, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Foley is best known for her voluptuous paintings of Hawaiian women, such as Hawaiian Woman in White Holoku from 1937. Major paintings by Foley are held by the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.[2] A cast concrete outdoor fountain, known as the Varhey Circle Fountain, which she created with Henry H. Rempel, is on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.[3]


  • Congdon-Martin, Douglas, Aloha Spirit, Hawaiian Art and Popular Design, Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA, 1998, pp. 166–168
  • Falk, Peter Hastings, Who was Who in American Art, 1564-1975, Vol III, Sounds View Press, Madison CT, 1999, p. 3724.
  • Forbes, David W., "Encounters with Paradise: Views of Hawaii and its People, 1778-1941", Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1992, 255.
  • Hughes, Edan, Artists in California 1786-1940, Sacramento, Crocker Art Museum, 2002, p. 637.
  • Morse, Morse (ed.), Honolulu Printmakers, Honolulu, HI, Honolulu Academy of Arts, 2003, p. 18, ISBN 0-937426-58-X
  • Papanikolas, Theresa and DeSoto Brown, Art Deco Hawai'i, Honolulu, Honolulu Museum of Art, 2014, ISBN 978-0-937426-89-0, pp. 72–73
  • Sandulli, Justin M., Troubled Paradise: Madge Tennent at a Hawaiian Crossroads, Durham, NC: Duke University, 2016


  1. ^ Forbes, David W., "Encounters with Paradise: Views of Hawaii and its People, 1778-1941", Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1992, p. 255
  2. ^ Cornelia MacIntyre Foleyin
  3. ^ Wilson, Willard, The Campus of Light (An informal look at the University of Hawaii Campus) University of Hawaii, Honolulu, 1964
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