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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Robb Hamel
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Posted: 2009-09-27 3:16 pm   Permalink

I like being allowed to follow the progression of your thoughts on this one. Also, the '30's-era eyes on the mug are a snappy touch. Rock on.
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Posted: 2009-10-01 11:17 am   Permalink

Aloha tiki Tribe!
TikiMango - Big Mahalo! Classic? Like a Classic cartoon I suppose! I was a big fan of the "Merrie Melody Cartoons".
Robb Hamel - Thanks! This ones taken a few strange turns. Glad you dig the '30s cartoon looking feel.
Just getting over a cold bug. I think I caught it from shaking so many hands at the art show on Maui. I'm used to being a hermit painting in my studio with no human contact... or wandering the empty beach watching the sea for a lone sail...
Anyways, felt somewhat human again last night so I picked up da' brush.

I started roughing in the Hibiscus shaped clouds.
I've been told his feet make him too un-mug-like, so I may have to re-think them. Waduyou think?

Happy First Day of October! Only 30 days to HULA-WEEN!
(Check out my Hula-Ween Art special going on in da' tiki Marketplace!)
Big aloha~
B~
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2009-10-01 11:47 am   Permalink

the feet don't bother me!
max Fleisher would be STOKED!
This one is just TOO Cute!
loking splendid so far!
hey!
What about that magician piece?

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Posted: 2009-10-01 4:40 pm   Permalink

Great piece Brad! I am not bothered by the feet either...I guess for the reason that in a painting we can push elements not limited to undercuts or gravity! It is like a "mug" that sorta came to life, pulled it's arms and legs away from the fetters of glazes, slip and ceramic and is going to town! Love the Fleischer feel too! I am a HUGE Betty Boop and Popeye fan...this fella definitely has a blood line to those classic characters!

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-10-04 1:56 pm   Permalink

little lost tiki - Thanks, it's all about max Fleisher-super happy-dancing mai tai in paradise!
THOR's - Thank you buddy! Another vote for the feet! Yeah, thanks! I kinda dig the old time-y cartoon thing going on in dis one too. Animated-inanimate objects!

Oh...... If you wanna hear some exotica and lounge music while gandering at the tiki art check out these two pod casts that interviewed me for this show in Lahaina:

http://cudraclover.podomatic.com
"The Exotica Hour" came and interviewed me in the Gallery. Fun Stuff!

http://www.COCKTAILNATION.NET
Some lucky listener to this episode of "The Cocktail Nation" will win a special edition of "The Exotic Traveler"

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-10-05 12:53 pm   Permalink

Aloha tiki Tribe~

Working out the sky color. I'll have to paint back in the hibiscus clouds...

B~
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BigToe
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Posted: 2009-10-05 1:57 pm   Permalink

lookin good brad. i like his zany, excited eyes...they almost feel like "moon eyes"

 
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Posted: 2009-10-05 5:27 pm   Permalink

Aloha!
Big Toe - Moon eyes? Loony tunes? I'm sure it's all connected somehow.

Hey I finaly up dated my web site. Check it out!
http://www.tikishark.com/

ALOHA!
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-10-06 12:58 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Okee Dokee, there was a mac vs PC glitch on my web site, but now I think that's fixed.
Thanks to everyone for doing a beta-test run and sending me messages.
Mac users may have to empty their cashe if you;ve been there before.

So, on the first page there's a new button on the bottom right : "The art of Brad Parker" it should take you right to the "art shop" page now.
Where's there's thumb nails of my work. clicking on them should open a pop up of a bigger sized image with more info.

The old arcane miniature "gallery" area on my web site is a strange thing, I know. It was never meant to be a show place for art. Originally I designed this site before I was painting, so it just to show beach towels and things my company Tiki Shark made. Later, I needed to stick my paintings in there, so I sort o Jerry-rigged a "gallery" where I used to show beach bags. I know the screen shots of the art are WAY too small to really see them.

That's why there this new "Shop" area with bigger pop ups.

It all should be working now.

Big mahalo!

check it out!

http://www.tikishark.com/

Big Aloha from the big Island!
Brad~
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Posted: 2009-10-07 04:55 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

"Artist Re-Marks" -what are they?
They are the embellishments the artist adds to a high quality giclee to make it a unique piece of art.


"The Exotic Traveler"
It's a beautiful giclee on canvas, 30" x 24", limited edition of 100, signed and numbered by the artist.
It's so well made, you have to look close to see if you can observe brush strokes or not - to see if it's the original painting or not.


This area, the lower right hand corner, is where I would add my signature and numbering on this giclee
.

Instead, I decide to make this giclee special.
I paint in a rough tiki.


I add in some interesting lighting.


I hit a few hot highlights on the tiki to make him stand out.



Then, I go ahead and sign and number it.
This is a low number in a small print run - not bad.


It's now very unique, and a one-of-a-kind collector's piece.
The lucky Cat who buys this Giclee will get a $200.00 "Artist's re-mark" for FREE,
because I'm having my HAPPY HULA-WEEN ART SPECIAL!


The Buyer will even get the original pencil sketch of that re-mark, also for FREE.

This is the first time I've done "artist's re-marks" and I'm having a lot of fun. Taking a lot of time with them.
I can imaginee a future where perhaps I'm not quite so detailed and careful with them. But for now, these
special first ones are offered FREE, during this Month of October!

If you are interested in more details go check out my threaed in the Tiki Market Place, or go to:

www.sargentsfineart.com

Mahalo Nui Loa.
B~
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Posted: 2009-10-07 12:10 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Here's the giclee in better light.

And that artist's re-mark.
Mahalo!
B~
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BigToe
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Posted: 2009-10-07 8:44 pm   Permalink

OmG, brad, what a cool idea! groovy lil tiki dude. hey, i had a friend just back from Maui ask me if i knew this great hawaiian artist named Brad Parker!!! i was stoked and proud to say that ur a friend.
congrats on the new publisher/ Rep. they did a good job with ur bio on the site.

oh and i agree with Thor about the feet. if u are still worrying about it, i guess u could have some cocktail sloshing out of the mug.
talk soon, t


 
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Posted: 2009-10-08 08:04 am   Permalink

the site looks great,Brad!
Great idea with the artist remakes in the corner!
What a cute lil fellar!
Keep plugging away ArtBuddy!
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teaKEY
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Posted: 2009-10-08 7:11 pm   Permalink

{as a warning, let me just say that I did this quick framing in Paint}



Yet the point is that due to those Remarks, your current work really need to be framed up twice.


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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-10-10 2:14 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Bigtoe - HA! That is too cool! Well, I am honored to be seen out there, and called such nice things! Yea, the really nice lady who builds the gallery's web site really learned all about "tiki culture" and did a nice bio on me. Funny, how I find myself in a position to be telling people who live in Hawaii what Modern Tiki culture is.
LLT - Mahalo. Glad you dig 'em. I had a LOT of fun painting them! Just pure cartoon tiki enjoyment!
TeaKEY~ Hey thanks, that's swanky! Not sure that will go with my tiger striped chair in "the jungle room" though! Cool, thanks!
OK, I found I was slipping behind on my deadline for the "Tarot Tiki Art" show piece for the Freaky Boutiki show on Halloween. so, I'm putting aside "Mr. Mai Tai" and doing the "The Magician" - the card I was picked to do in the Tiki Tarot show.
Now, I could not find a canvas that was exactly 20" x 10", (I live on an island with only 2 art stores within 200 miles of me) so I got a 24" x 12" canvas and will black out a "framing" area leaving a 20" x 10" art area. Hey Hodadhank, hope dat will work!
Here it is:
Sketch

sketch - the magician

blocked out canvas area...

roughed in

here's some color a happening....


OK, so I was sending Cudra some Mp3 exotica/Halloween music for her up coming Halloween episode on "the Exotica Hour" pod cast, (
http://cudraclover.podomatic.com/ )and I started thinking about Halloween and Tiki. There has always been a connection for me. Here's what I thought up last night...

The similarities of Hawaiiana and Halloween.

1.) Both come from Islands. Halloween from Ireland and England, and Hawaiiana from Hawaii and Polynesia.

2.) Both from extinct pagan religions... The ancient "druids" and the ancient "kapu religion" both believed in a pantheon of gods, used stone altars, and human sacrifice, and had "little people" (i.e. Leprechauns and Menehunes)

3.) Both became very popular in North America, particularly the United States.

4.) Both reaching an upsurge of popularity in the 50's an 60's.

5) Both then experienced a down turn in popularity... The urban myth of the "razor blade in the apple scare" slowed Halloween for a while in the 70's, while the "Love Generation" and "Political Correctness" slowed Hawaiiana in the late 60's to the 80's.

6.) Both are experiencing a renewal in interest. Halloween in the 80's to now, Hawaiiana in the 90's to now.

7.) Both involve carved grimacing faces: Tikis and Jack-o-lanterns. Dig it!

8.) Both are considered by some folks to be "tacky" and by a few Religious people to be "too pagan".

9.) Both have myths about a ghostly group that is dangerous to meet at night: Ireland/England - "The Wild Hunt" and Hawaii - "The Night Marchers".

10.) Both involve dressing up: Halloween costumes, and loud Hawaiian shits, straw hats, grass skirts, coconut bras, etc.

11.) Both island people were conquered by "Europeans": Both had their "old religion" replaced with Christianity: The druids were conquered by the Holy Roman Empire, and Hawaii came under the sway of missionaries.

12.) Irish people like to drink! Tiki people like to drink!

13.) On average, the same people who enjoy Hawaiiana (or as it's now called Modern Tiki Culture), also enjoy Halloween.

What do you think? Too funny huh?
Yeah, I know, less thinking more painting!

Aloha,
B~

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