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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
little lost tiki
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Posted: 2012-06-09 4:32 pm   Permalink

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUR!

this is gonna be AWESOME!!!!!!


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2012-06-09 8:31 pm   Permalink

A-LO-HA Tiki TRIBE!

Thanks Kenny! U RAWK - (luv da' new load of mind-blowing art on your thread! U make me paint harder!)
OK here's the next steps in the World-o-Fur...

fur... yer pleasure....

FUR-ther along in the painting ...

Getting closer. Wanna drop somping in the lower left corner...got a good idea what now....

HAVE A GOOD 1...
aloha'
BTSP


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2012-06-09 9:57 pm   Permalink

Welcome to the MAI-TAI-LIGHT-ZONE...

My own personal little "House of Horrors" in my art studio. (thank u E-bay) Some eye candy helps with the many long lonely hours of painting cat fur... and more cat fur...and then some more cat fur...

All goes in the mix that, I hope, will create a entertaining show for YOU to consider on Friday night, July 6th at the birthplace of "Low-Brow" art: La Luz De Jesus Gallery.
http://www.laluzdejesus.com/shows/2012/Parker/TikiShark2012.htm
A-LO-HA!
Brad Tiki-Shark Parker
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Posted: 2012-06-14 02:27 am   Permalink

A-LO-HA Tiki Tribe!
Next step...

working on MORE FUR.....

Aloha!


 
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Posted: 2012-06-24 6:22 pm   Permalink

A-LO-HA Tiki Tribe!

"BONGO CAT"
24" x 30"
acrylic on canvas
$5,000.00
SOLD

This is a book-End piece/painting to "TIKI CAT".
Same art patron owns both now.... I hear the first is much fun at swank cocktail parties... now there will be twice the art dissection and discussion over Mai-Tais!
Will be shown at the July "Tales from the Tiki Lounge" art show at "La Luz De Jesus" Gallery in Hollywood. Opening night is July 6th.
I'm making the trip off my volcanic island back to the mainland to b there, so hope you can be there too! Check it out at
http://www.laluzdejesus.com/


MAHALO & ALOHA
b TIKI-SHARK p


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Posted: 2012-06-24 10:54 pm   Permalink

Aloha tiki tribe!

Here's the painting on the one-of-a-kind item: a surf board surfed on by the owner of BODY GLOVE.
I figured it should be wet looking in a cartoony way first off....


 
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Posted: 2012-06-29 12:56 am   Permalink

A-Lo-HA Tiki Tribe!

Today was shipping day. Packing up everything ...

... to go to "La Luz de Jesus Gallery" for the biggest art show of my career (this year), the opening's July 6th.

So, all the paintings, the prints, the 12 months of "Vintage" cover art one-of-one artist proofs for "Tales From The Tiki Lounge" are all in the hands of ...God?

Or in the hands of UPS .. Scary huh?
Will it all get there in time? Right now it's all some-where between Hawaii and Los Angeles. It'll arrive I hope, and all sit around for days, and (so I hear the urban legend goes) at the very last minute, Billy Shire hangs each and every show himself. Has done it that way since the 80's!
http://www.laluzdejesus.com

ALOHA - Hope to see a few Tiki Tribe folks there! Artist's nightmare is no one shows up! ha ha ..ha...er.... What if no one shows up! What if no one buys anything? What if I freeze up and forget Billy Shire's name? Or I forget my name? What if I forget to wear pants? What if... what... (deep slow breath) it's all going to work out (deep breath) ...somehow ... it's all in UPS's hands now.


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Posted: 2012-07-01 7:55 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

I was invited to be in a big Art book about low brow art called "SURF GRAPHICS"
It was created by a publisher in the UK called Korero. And came out much better than I thought - it's an amazing hardcover book, beautifully made, tons of underground art! ... actually I kind of had for got about it iot was so long aogo when they asked me . But they got a lot of great art in it! Big Toe and THOR included. Lots of Surf, Hot rods, and Tiki!
Check it out on Amazon...I hear there's a good 30% right now.


well worth a look, if not an addition to your tiki art book collection!


 
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Posted: 2012-07-03 02:15 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Want to see some swank TIKI ART Friday night? Come to the OPening night of "TALES FROM THE TIKI LOUNGE" at La luz de Jesus Gallery...
and you'll see things like this...

A piece of SURF HISTORY: One-of-a-kind painted surf board used (cica 1980')s by the owner of the international surf Brand- "BODY GLOVE" Billy Meistrell Jr.

Really, Billy and I were talking about how cool it might be to paint a board, and as we walked through the Surf Board Vault: racks of old boards (all with some historical value) at Body Glove international HQ in Redondo Beach he said "Pick one!"

So I saw the coolest looking one I thought was there , and asked about it, and he HANDED IT TO ME!

So I'm having fun getting "surf-delic" on it, while keeping all the nicks and weathering from it hitinig the hottest surf spots in the south bay... gonna be quite a collectors item! Come see it at La LuZ!


www.laluzdejesus.com
ALOHA!




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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2012-07-09 01:35 am   Permalink

you and Miles.... Best show in a while!
Last time i was that in awe was at a Francis bacon room full of his pope paintings..
the hairs on my arms stood up
and my eyeballs were most pleased!
Great seeing you buddy
it's always too long
between meetups!


Congrats man!


 
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Posted: 2012-07-19 10:52 pm   Permalink

Thanks LLT! It was so great having you there! I really appreciate seeing your smiling face that night and you taking that long A$$ drive up from the OC to Hollyweird through Friday night traffic. Big Big Mahalo for all your love & support & inspiration & advise and aloha! You R da' BEST!

Here was July 5th setting up at La Luz De Jesus Gallery with Matt Kennedy & Billy Shire.

The show came together all at the last minute with me bringing the Surf Board in from Hawaii by hand...

... and picking up the Skate Boards from my LA underground Skate Board craftsman at the VERY last minute. But they came out great - were a big hit - and even got Billy Shire to crack a smile while we were hanging them up for the show.
BIG Mahalo and A-LO-HA to all the tiki tribe that made it to the opening!
The show is up till July 29th - and will have a closing party with a live performance by the Martini Kings!
http://www.laluzdejesus.com/shows/2012/July_2012.html

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Posted: 2012-07-21 06:10 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Here's a better look at "The Kreature From Kona" Skatedeck. You can see the "set" of all 4 monster skatedecks along this wall. The set of four came out better than I could have hoped for. I'm very happy with the original paintings I did for this show, but that "set of the 4 classic monsters" on skate boards really expressed something my inner little kid had been seeking to express/create for many many years. That's a part of the show I will always be proud of ... and I didn't know if it was going to work until the day before the opening! Whew! I mad them with a friend of mine who creates stuff for Hollywood movies. So, I didn't know till I got to LA from Hawaii to look at the decks to see how they came out. I'm really happy they came out great, and made it into the show!

http://www.laluzdejesus.com/shows/2012/July_2012.html


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Posted: 2012-07-23 9:46 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Wow! What a wild roller coaster of a ride this art world is! Whew! Right now, I have the great luck and honor of having a show of my art hanging in La luz de Jesus Gallery. "Tales From the Tiki Lounge" July 6th to the 29th. Let's be honest. It took a lot of work, and it sometimes felt like it was out of control. I wouldn't make my dead-lines. I questioned everything I was doing. However, good things fell together at the last minute (like the skate boards) and It took many long long hours of painting late late late into the night to get a part of what I was seeking down on the canvas. A wild ride and a rigorous lesson. I had dreamed of having a show at "La Luz" ... and when it happened... I was scared, and panicked, and numb.. and thrilled.

During the set up of the show, my agent, Abbas, joked around with gallery owner Billy Shire about doing another show. Billy smiled ""Yeah, next month." I think his growling humor referred to the $$ that brisk pre-show sales of my work and that of fellow showing artist Miles Thompson was bringing in.

I choked and squeaked and explained that I can't make what I call "good" art in this amount every month. Nope.

Many times folks ask me how long it takes to paint one of my paintings? Well, here it is: in the real world, it takes me 2 months of 8 to 10 hours days, 6 days a week, to truly complete a 24" x 30" canvas to my satisfaction - knowing I was pushing the limits of my skills and making art that I would not be embarrassed by, and, I hope, I could be proud to show in public. And maybe, if I was real lucky, art that had something to say. So, it would take me 2 years to create 12 knock-your-socks-off paintings. I would love another show... but I need 2 years to do it right. I think Billy growled some wisdom and advise, and maybe something like "Oh that'd be just about right."
So... we shall see... perhaps I get to come back with another round of Tiki Art in 2014. I'll keep you posted. I'll make it my best.

But - back to the current show. It was so wonderful to see so many of the tiki tribe come out and show their aloha, and love and support. Thank you! Mahalo Plenty! and a BIG BIG ALOHA!
If you have time, go check out the art at The Luz de la Jesus art gallery. The closing party on the 29th of July is going to have the Martini Kings playing LIVE! (wow!)
http://www.laluzdejesus.com/shows/2012/July_2012.html

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Posted: 2012-07-23 9:58 pm   Permalink

Aloha tiki Tribe!
Next painting....

Sketch 01

sketch 02

sketch 03

sketch 04

sketch 05

Sketch 06

Sketch 07

sketch 08

sketch 09

So, seems like another "vintage Cover" to a pulp comic book / magazine. Maybe what I am doing is not pop surrealim, but Pulp Surrealism?!
A-lo-HA!
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Posted: 2012-07-24 01:20 am   Permalink

Get pineapple pulped baby! Love the concepts so far. Glad you had a great show, you sure deserve it!

 
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