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page 222! Art of Tiki exhibition Paintings and 8 new ones for a HAWAII ADVENTURE!
ToonToonz
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Posted: 2006-08-08 04:54 am   Permalink

How did the Tiki art show go?
Lots of visitors I bet! Do you have any photos of the show to post?


 
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teaKEY
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Posted: 2006-08-08 07:03 am   Permalink

So are there any coloring books left for the fans of your work here in Michigan

 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2006-08-08 08:39 am   Permalink

Hey yooz guys!
Thanks for all the love,TC Ohana! The Show was a complete success! This opening seemed more like the old Ken show crowd but with all their kids! (seeing as we're all gettin' older)In fact, the kids were half the fun! They mostly hung out in the back near the koi pond,atrium.and couches,watching the slideshow of paintings and pictures! So many happy faces and at least a hundred new converts to the sacred fold of Tiki.I hope I served you all as an adequate ambassador of Tiki for the OC area! Will post pictures soon , but first I have a special announcement.....Due to the overwhelming success of this evening,it would be a shame that so many of my Tiki Ohana couldn't make the event, (as the Mission Tiki bash was definitely the place to be that night!)so...after discussing it with the gallery and a few other top secret individuals,we've decided to have a Closing Reception on Saturday-September 9th 7-11(tho they usually go on for an hour-2 hours after the event) with some very special surprises that will be released soon! I have some drunken photos my sister took and a few friends will be sending me some others so I will post them soon!Haven't stopped since the show! Went to Disneyland with wife,stepkids,sister and niece the next day on about 3 hours of sleep! The sombalistic/hallucinogenic repercussions of sleep-deprivation coupled with the Tiki Room made the day tolerable...Yesterday,collected receipts.rehashed the show,started working on the third mug for Holden,and here I am today,sister on her way back to Illinois and back at my seat at work! Tonight, Commie Girl from the OC Weekly is popping down to the gallery to review the show,so I won't be able to post pix until later this week,my apologies!
teaKey,
Thank you!We have both coloring books and "about 500 Tikis" and some stickers in Gold/white/dk. brown/magenta/and teal.Coloring Books are $20 for 22 pages to color-it's bound with a tan/bark colored color and white pages, and the price includes shipping-it's signed and numbered and for TC Ohana I'll include a little surprise with it! If anyone wants to order anything ,just PM me! And Mahaloz!
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teaKEY
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Posted: 2006-08-08 11:30 am   Permalink

For over 15 years and 60 exhibitions. I was always wondering were all this art was coming from. Hey talk to you later

 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2006-08-08 12:00 pm   Permalink

Most of the Tiki stuff is at the most 3 years old-I move in phases,tackling a subject and trying to examine it completely until I feel enough paintings are completed for that "period".Then of course, these past subjects always creep into the new work. This Tiki "period" doesn't seem to wanna let up,so I guess I'm stuck doing tiki paintings and working on my book this upcoming year.Not a bad place to be,and with my Ohana inspiring me,I see no end in sight!
Here's an older piecenot quite tiki, but still a jungle vibe,approaching tiki-but this was painted before I caught the Tiki bug full-on! as you can see, it's an artist's duty to paint and read and really grow with the art and become better and smarter and produce even better work! Mahaloz!

"the Elephant's Secret" acrylic/paintpen/carandache crayon on canvas
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www.kenruzic.com and you will ,hopefully, be inspired.

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Chongolio
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Posted: 2006-08-08 1:43 pm   Permalink

Although I would of liked to have hooked up with you at the Tiki Invasion I am Glad to hear your show was a success Ken!

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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2006-08-08 1:50 pm   Permalink

I hope to meet all the TC Ohana one day! You guys are such a warm bunch! Must be all that Tropical Air! Closing Reception Sept 9th 7-11(or 1 or 2) same place! Just posted some photos from the Opening Reception.I put them under my announcement in Tiki Events (California)
under
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=20408&forum=17&2
That way,this thread won't get contaminated with other than art stuff!
Mahaloz!

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little lost tiki
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From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2006-08-15 11:57 pm   Permalink

Hey TC Ohana!
Been so busy with the show.work,and other projects that I've been neglecting posting some new art to share with family!
First one is an oldie,one of my first in that whole pineapple king genre
"The Evening Visit"-gouache and water-soluble pencils on board

this next one is much more recent-I had started this one (like "Green Village" earlier)and then let it gel for aboot a year 'til finally finishing it for the show.
"Village at dawn-or dusk"pen and ink on watercolor paper(Arches,of course...)

this one was just a fun sketchbook entry I redrew on tinted paper
"the Marquesan's Short-lived Meal"pen and ink on watercolor paper

and finally,because you've all been so good and patient....
"the Scribe"pen and ink on watercolor paper

It's midnight! I gotta go to work and think stuff! Alohaz!




 
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Swamp Fire
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Posted: 2006-08-16 09:40 am   Permalink

Cool stuff Lost, I like those pen and ink pieces.
Keep up the great work.


 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2006-08-16 10:05 am   Permalink

THANKS DOUG!
Lookin forward to meeting you in person in Catalina! I hope you have plenty of stuff to look at-love your work! Bring your sketchbook and we can do a lil' show-n-tell! Mahaloz!


 
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Howland
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Posted: 2006-08-16 10:12 am   Permalink

Man! This is one jumpin' thread! Been gone for a few days and so much has happened here. Glad the show was a success and wish I could make it out for the closing in Sept. but that is a long haul. I really dig your 'night-time' paintings (The Evening Visit, Blue Hawaii and the one with the singing fish for example). You have a way of capturing a warm, balmy, tropical night as opposed to just a dark sky with stars. All of it just ROCKS! All the details and implied motion make for some real 'eyeball ticklers'!

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That reminds me: I went to the gas station/convenience store yesterday to buy some TUMS. I put them on the counter and the cashier glanced out the window at all the cars at the gas pumps then looks at me and asks "any gas?". I just looked down at my Tums on the counter and said, "no, just a little indigestion."

Keep up the great work

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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2006-08-23 6:07 pm   Permalink

Hey Surf-n-Turf!
Glad you escaped the gas phase of your indigestion phase! Well, it's been over a week and I'm finally recovered from the catalina Island Tiki Fest!!!! What a blast! If you'd like to see some pix of the event, alohacurrent has posted a bunch!
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=20740&forum=17&8
You've gotta see King Kukulele and APE/Crazy Al live! Toooooo much!
Well, in order to aid your indigestion I'm gonna post some old to me-new to you paintings, especially since they have that night/evening/twilight vibe!
This first one is called "The Volcano Awakens" and it's gouache on gessoed panel.

this second one is my very very first Pineapple King painting. (I hadn't perfected the face for at least 2 more pieces)This one is called "the King returns from the Volcano" and it's also gouache on gessoed panel. I quite like the excitement on the tiki's faces and the bursting volcano...

Well, I have a lot of extracurricular art work to do this week(besides work and personal paintings) so I'd better get to steppin,so I can the post BRAND NEW tiki paintings that have been boiling in my brain! Mahaloz fellow TC ohana from your humble servant.....


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congatiki
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Posted: 2006-08-24 4:54 pm   Permalink

Nice work LL Tiki...I especially like the "scribe"....more of a PNG look....very nice
stuff...."short lived meal" is great too....what the heck....I dig em all.


 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2006-08-24 6:10 pm   Permalink

Mahaloz Congatiki! The scribe is totally inspired by Papua New Guinea art-what a walking reference you are! I'll keep posting whenever I get the time!Just got a whole page review of the show in this week's OC Weekly (our orange County alternative press) which I'll post as soon as I can find the time to scan it! In the meantime, here's another oldie but goodie...It's called "Arrival of the Ancient One" and it's gouache on gessoed burlap.Great texture to paint on!

Gotta fly! Hey Conga! Dig your Fez Monkey painting! Something about it.....


 
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RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2006-08-25 06:25 am   Permalink

Here's the StoryKen Ruzic’s tikis give us back our very Brady childhood
By REBECCA SCHOENKOPF
Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 3:00 pm

"Arrival of the Pineapple Kings" by Ken Ruzic. Image courtesy Caged Chameleon
There are certain things you can count on from hipsters of my generation: excellent beverages, a profound love of X, a yard full of tikis and a passing acquaintance with Shag.

I would posit, also, that we’ve got a world-view shaped by Carol Brady.

We all know, with our collectible toys (best captured by Ben Stiller in Reality Bites) and our inability to properly yell at our kids, that Gen X has been nostalgic for its childhood since before it actually left its childhood—at least the childhood before our parents divorced. It’s a childhood far more realistic than the nonexistent ’50s one. Ours is more concerned with bike rides to 7-Eleven and OP shirts and the backyard parties our parents used to throw, complete with roast pig and marijuana, than with women who vacuumed in high pumps and pearls and colored people knowing their place. The ’70s may have been marked by malaise, but there was an awful lot of freedom too.

With our current bloodlust for Iran and our obsessive focus on gas prices, it might as well be ’79 all over again. And the Xers are responding to it as they did back then: with Wonka colors and puka shells and a reliance on the goodness of Carol and Mike’s generation of kids. I can still remember saying plaintively to my mom, following one of our better family brawls, that I wished we could be more like the Brady Bunch. She actually snarled in response.

Caged Chameleon, a lovely, expansive gallery in a Santa Ana Craftsman home, returns us to the Bradys’ thrilling Hawaiian vacation with Ken Ruzic’s “Talking Palms and Pineapple Kings.” Someone bring a ukulele.

The talking palms don’t say much. The pineapple kings say even less; they don’t, you see, have mouths. But with dozens of bright cartoon canvases showing a land of happy, with a universe of creatures acting in harmony while doing their creaturely things, you can almost taste the escape. It tastes, of course, of piña coladas.

Ruzic’s closed his eyes and found his happy place, and it’s a place of teals and forests and glimmering golds. It’s a place where dozens of tiki gods and tortoises, pineapple kings and magical fishes join together on epic canvases in a whole Where’s Waldo of tiki cosmology. They rattle their bones, they perform small dramas, and they stir cauldrons of (probably cannibal) stew. In the back, always, smiles the Happy Place Made Obvious: Ruzic’s Happy Hut.

Take The Sun Visits the Happy Hut. There is the sun, beaming down, happy. There is the Happy Hut; but it is not happy. In the tale Ruzic’s spun to go along with his anthropomorphic canvas, the sun explains to the lonesome hut that its tattoos, its inscriptions, its hieroglyphic carvings are friends and family enough, whereupon the tattoos anthropomorphize their own bad selves, jump off the walls, play around like happy monkeys, and then settle down for a night nestled in the Happy Hut. Could there be more beneficence, more cooperation, a happier ending? Maybe it’s our Brady heritage, maybe it’s our tats, but have you ever heard an Xer advocate nuking Iraq?



KEN RUZIC’S “TALKING PALMS AND PINEAPPLE KINGS” AT CAGED CHAMELEON, 1505 N. MAIN ST., SANTA ANA, (714) 836-5137. ENDING PARTY SEPT. 9. CALL GALLERY FOR HOURS.












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