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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Robb Hamel
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Posted: 2009-08-05 09:06 am   Permalink

Yeah, but only a little touch of Ryden.

Most lowbrow artists are Ryden whores and outta get the cold shoulder treatment until they go get there own style.

Our man here does stuff that all of us can recognize easily and outta be in Juxtapoz instead of the whores!
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-08-05 11:07 am   Permalink

Aloha Tki Tribe!
teaKEY - Ryden! Oh baby, I LOVE my new Mark Ryden art book, and you can tell I'm looking at it at night under the coves with my flash light. Of course, this squid-hula girl may be "too old" for Mark Ryden. He likes his women a bit younger.... er hem... like abut 8 or 9 I think... (snicker!) Anyways, thanks, I'm falttered you think I even come close to looking like one of the great low brow masters!
Robb Hamel ~ Style. That's a hard thing for me to talk about. I always think I have "no style". I
ALWAYS start by copying other artist's work. It's a place for me to start from.

If I look like Ryden a little, I take that as a big complement! I'm completely setting out to be inspired by Mark Ryden, and Lori Earley, Todd Schorr, Robertt Williams, and Thor, and Swampfire, and LLT and Robb Hamel! Anyone who can show me how to get started painting tikis the way I think I need to paint them. I freely admit it! I need the help, the jump start, the spark!

THEN, I found out, that no matter how hard I try to exactly copy someone Else's work, the uncontrollable "organic power" that is the "creative process" leads it off into another direction and it ends up looking like something I never imagined. If I want it to or not! Really, it's amazing how little control I seem to have over the look of the final piece. I'm as surprised as everyone else with the look of the final painting.

I think it was THOR that stated some where in his thread, that all artists start out emulating another artist's work which inspires them. That's how we learn. Eventually our own visual language forms and we're create a new style. Our own style. If I even have one, yet.

I know There is no way I have the discipline to exactly copy someone Else's style for any length of time. I can barely reproduce my style!

Anyways, here's what I got in last night:


I'm off ot Maui for a few days, to peddel my prints to some galleries and see what happening on the "inner Islands". Back this week end.

Big aloha and big Mahalo!

(...and if it does look exactly like a Ryden, maybe I can get a ton more $$$ for it! Hey, could happen!)


 
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GROG
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Posted: 2009-08-05 11:29 am   Permalink

It's the expression that makes it Rydenesque.

Tod Schorr is da bomb!


 
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TikiG
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Joined: Jun 17, 2008
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From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2009-08-05 11:32 am   Permalink

As a artist/painter I understand/feel what you said above is true.

I start with something I identify with emotionally, then work my own prana into it. This force is subconscious. I've never fully copied anything in life; From writing to music to art - it's mine. If I feel good about my art, then I show it to others.
If not the piece gets re-painted. Simple. No idea is wasted - I'll get back to it at another date that's all.

I understand the feeling of starting off with a painting and then kinda standing back and realizing it takes form with a life of its own - organic power as you so describe it. Sometimes I have a canvas that changes several times before it stabilizes into something I finish.

And the statement "I can barely reproduce my style" is fully understood here, man! I haven't come to grips with a single-style myself.

Thanks for your insight as a painter and artist. Inspiring as usual. Now where's that brush...

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-08-08 8:58 pm   Permalink

GROG - Yes, and thank you for the comparison! Ryden - he's got that amazing way of making even wee little girls look slightly otherworldly intelligent, not really evil, but like they know something mere mortals do not. I was sort of going for a Mona Lisa sorta-semi-smile. Actually, I just happy it came out looking like a goth girl. I LOVE goth girls!

And Todd Schorr is my hero too! Check out his latest book "American Surreal" from Last Gasp Press- and there's a nice big piece in the latest issue of Hi Fructose magazine about him. I urge all sub-culture art lovers to go out and get both!
TikiG~ Hmmmm... yes thoughtful stuffs. Thanks! And soooo glad to hear someone else goes through the strange paint and re-paint till it works process. I don't know how anyone can slap it down correct the first time. It just grows and grows on it's own.

Just got back from a trip to Maui. While I was there it looked in on the new tiki bar called...

"The South Shore Tiki Lounge"
..........and they did the coolest thing! They took my piece "The Moon of Mankoora" (with my blessing) and enlarged it up into a big transparent window - and created this swanky back lighted art display next to the DJ booth. The moon in the painting has an extra bright back lighted eerie glow.

Sorry, this is a low light shot from a not-so-great camera. Believe me, in person It looks real cool. Even better after a few Zombies!
If you're in Maui, and find yourself in Kihei, ya' gotta stop in and see this place.
Very tiki!
B~


 
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PalmCityTiki
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From: Palm City, Florida ( no really)
Posted: 2009-08-09 05:20 am   Permalink


Very nice great to see art expanding and people getting recognition....


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-08-09 2:18 pm   Permalink

Aloha tiki Tribe~
Palm City Tiki - Thanks, it was really nice to see the piece up in the bar. I guess in the back of my mind I'm always thinking "my work is made to be in a tiki bar"... while I'd clearly love to be in a gallery, and a shop or anywhere it'd sell.... but there's a cool mojo about being in a darkened Tiki Lounge rum drinks flowing. Special.
Getting caught up on a bunch of work today, but had some time to paint last night. Here is...

Roughing in da' ocean... lots more to come.
Waiting for the approaching hurricane...maybe... should bring some big waves down at the local surfing spot. Will be fun to go watch!

Mahalo
B~


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-08-10 11:32 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Working out the water, and re working the Moai head some.
Lots more to come.... waiting for the hurricane to hit tomorrow. Right
when I supposed to be flying over to another island... yeesh!
B~
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Robb Hamel
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Posted: 2009-08-10 1:17 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-08-05 11:07, Tiki Shark Art wrote:
Style. That's a hard thing for me to talk about. I always think I have "no style". I ALWAYS start by copying other artist's work. It's a place for me to start from.



Great honesty!

And I say, "go for it."

Because, I've been torturing myself (Todd Rundgren, "The tortured artist effect"), for years now trying to reinvent the wheel because I've wanted my own style my whole life. My wife says my stuff is distinctive, and that will have to be enough for me, 'cause I can't see it. Sometimes it sure isn't worth the depression, lack of any kind of life, 7 day weeks, and sometimes the lack of results for so little output.

Your work doesn't look like you were influenced directly by anyone, and that is what matters! The gothish girl is by far the closest, but it's no longer just Ryden doing that, it's now a whole subcategory of lowbrow art, so one little girl figure in one painting doesn't matter.

The result of your labor is that YOU are almost a whole subcategory of Tiki art. Not a mean feat.

And thank you for putting my name on your list, undeserving as I may be.

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-08-11 11:57 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe~
Robb~ Thanks for the deep honest thoughts.
I totally relate! Artists do put themselves through many strange and difficult internal dialogs with themselves. The hardest thing I've ever done is post unfinished work on TC, knowing it didn't look right and was far from being done - yet, showing it to who ever wanted to drop in to this thread and take a peek. I've known quite a few artists, many from art classes, who were far beyond me in talent, yet never went on to a art career. They couldn't cope with "putting it out there" and letting the world see it. I think that may be the biggest hurdle to jump to become an artist. TC has helped me get past that. There's a certain anonymity on the net, it's not face to face, and you can slowly build your courage to do a public showing. That's where, often, the real magic happens. Seeing real live people respond to your art, while you stand by watching them watch your art.

It's amazing to hear what other people say. Hopefully some good things, but sometimes things you'd never even thought of. Every one interprets art in their own personal way I guess.

And speaking of unfinished art not fit to look at yet..... here's what I did last night...

Working out the sky some. Lots more to do.

Flying to Maui today, along with the hurricane that's hitting the island (great!) back tomorrow.

ALOHA!
B~


 
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
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From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2009-08-11 12:34 pm   Permalink

Be safe Brad!
She's shaping up perfectly!
love the unearthly hues....

as for style....even if you did a flat out study of Ryden on canvas
your hand would get in the way amd make it your style.....
that's what happens when our physical bodies get in the way....


Stay safe!


 
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shred
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Posted: 2009-08-11 2:17 pm   Permalink

Wow, I agree, I think it's shaping up perfectly too. It's been a treat for me to see the progress in the postings.

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-08-13 10:56 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

LLT~ Thanks! Yeah, I think you're so right. My hand just does "Brad-Tiki Shark" style no matter what I tell it to do. Well, made it back from Maui safe, no hurricane trouble. But saw an AMAZING rainbow driving from Lahaina to Kihei. Incredibly bright and intense, went on for 30 minutes - it was actually stopping traffic.
shred~ Big Mahalo! I'm happy you're enjoying this... I worked on smoothing out the sky some last night when I got back on the Big Island. Still considering colors, working in some green into the shadows or secondary light sources.

Lots more to come...

MAHALO!
B~


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-08-15 2:16 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe~
Got some snorkeling time in yesterday...sunburned! (damn Irish genes!)
Got some Giclees printed up

Here they are, printed on canvas, drying before they get stretched onto frames. Same size as the originals.

... then some painting. Still working out the sky, sea, and starting the sea cliffs

Mahalao~


 
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hewey
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Posted: 2009-08-16 12:41 am   Permalink

Its cool seeing a bunch of your art all sitting together like that

I for one LOVE seeing your progress pics (and everyone elses too). Just seeing the build up of a hot rod, I love seeing the work that goes in 'behind the scenes', I love learning about the thought process, and I love seeing how it progresses from the initial idea or concept. Its like getting the special features on a DVD and seeing how they did the special effects and set dressing!
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