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Introducing Me and my Tiki Surrealist Artwork
Limey
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Joined: Apr 08, 2007
Posts: 54
From: Wellington, New Zealand
Posted: 2007-04-11 4:39 pm   Permalink

Hi Tiki Shark. Thanks for the big-ups and the welcome mate, Ive been checking your work over the past few days, very cool. yeah my other name is morrose boy. Ha. I paint them in oils on canvas. using multi-layering technique. I originally got into it, a. for fun and b. for exhibit for original galleries and have only recently venured toward prints. Mainly so I could eat. I paint them usually around the 70cm x 90cm mark. however i've gone larger recently 1 @ 60cm x 180cm and another 110cm x 160cm. which is huge, but should look good on the wall.
I'll post picies once I progress it a bit more.
check ya.


 
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tiki beat by marcus thorn
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Joined: Jun 01, 2005
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From: A Little Island called Australia
Posted: 2007-04-11 11:30 pm   Permalink

limey awesome work you are very talented keep up the good work

 
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Limey
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Joined: Apr 08, 2007
Posts: 54
From: Wellington, New Zealand
Posted: 2007-04-12 5:05 pm   Permalink

Hey Marcus, Which part of the li'll island are you on, I used to live in Freo for about 15 years. Checked the carvings too and they are crankin. Nice work and nicely finished.
Anyway, speaking of dark and moody, thought you guys should check these two puppies out. 'Aotearoa Sleeps' is still wet and I did Te Whare Roto. (The Lake House) Last year.




 
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PockyTiki
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Joined: Feb 28, 2006
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From: central MA
Posted: 2007-04-12 5:11 pm   Permalink

nice pieces! Your stuff is always awesome to look at!

 
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atomictonytiki
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Joined: May 14, 2002
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From: Bangkok
Posted: 2007-04-13 12:07 pm   Permalink

I was at a surrealist and Dada exhibition recently and was delighted to find several Tikis included in the exhibition, apparently the tribal figures were a great influence on the the surrealists & dadaists.

There i saw a lovely new Caledonia piece (very Rolly Crump) and great cast of "Tangora god of the sea" which i joyfully misread as "Tangora god of dreams".


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finkdaddy
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Joined: May 11, 2004
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From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2007-04-13 1:13 pm   Permalink

Limey, your work is amazing! I'm so sorry that I haven't seen this thread earlier. They all have a lot of emotion that makes me feel sad for some reason. Beautiful!
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Limey
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From: Wellington, New Zealand
Posted: 2007-04-14 02:39 am   Permalink

Yes Tangaroa is the God of the sea true. The Polynesian sea-god, who separated the sky from the earth. He is a son the earth-goddess Papa, who had so much water in her body that it swelled one day and burst forth, becoming the ocean. He may appear as a huge fish giving birth to all the sea creatures, including mermen and mermaids. From the latter sprang humanity, according to certain myths, so people are really fish who have lost their fish-like appearance. Others say also that human beings were once aquatic, hence their hairlessness. Tangaroa changes regularly into a green lizard, signifying fine weather. He only needs to breath once in 24 hours, so huge is he (this breathing explains the tidal movement).

Also to Finkdaddy. I thank you and appreciate your sentiment. A lot of what I paint about has an element of emotion attached. It could just be me, but I see that NZ is an interesting place where pain, sorrow and a sense of loss are very much a part of the culture. I tap into that, as well as the more positive aspects. In many ways my paintings are about 'te tangata whenua' (the people of the land).
Ka Kité


 
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suburbanpagan
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Joined: Jan 02, 2004
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From: southern cal
Posted: 2007-04-15 09:41 am   Permalink

Holy mackeral! It's like Dali, M.C. Escher, and Mark Ryden fused into one rum soaked mega artist! Wild style Limey! Awesome and spooky too!
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Sneakytiki
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From: Boise, Idaho
Posted: 2007-04-15 12:24 pm   Permalink

I totally got the Escher reference from those lizards and the Dali reference from the sleeping/reclining figure too. Surrealists were definitely influenced by non-western art. After all Picasso was considered a surrealist during the middle part of his career.

I'm really enjoying the paintings Limey. You got skills!

S
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Sneakytiki
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From: Boise, Idaho
Posted: 2007-04-15 12:25 pm   Permalink

There also looks to be some stone Gargoyle/bat qualities to the last one.

 
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Limey
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From: Wellington, New Zealand
Posted: 2007-04-15 3:28 pm   Permalink

mmmmm. Rummm. Thanks S.B. & ST. That is some wild, yet inspired observation you've made there. I love it. Not worthy, but I love it. ha.ha. Escher was in fact a childhood hero. Dali, well who isnt he a hero of. Ryden, well, a hero of the highest order, verging on godlike. Picasso - amazing line work, I just wished his technique was tighter, legacy of a graphic designer (keep it toight). haha. ( I Love it.-critiqueing one of the worlds most famous painters).

PS.You probably don't need to know this but..
The lizard. is a Tuatara and is a reptile. Tuatara is a Maori word meaning "peaks on the back".
It is the last remaining member of the ancient group of reptiles, Sphenodontia.
it is the only survivor of a large group of reptiles that roamed the earth at the same time as dinosaurs. It hasn't changed its form much in over 225 million years! The relatives of tuatara died out about 60 million years ago which is why the tuatara is sometimes called a ‘living fossil’ - cool.

Ka Kité


 
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Sneakytiki
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From: Boise, Idaho
Posted: 2007-04-15 4:47 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-04-15 15:28, Limey wrote:
mmmmm. Rummm. Thanks S.B. & ST. That is some wild, yet inspired observation you've made there. I love it. Not worthy, but I love it. ha.ha. Escher was in fact a childhood hero. Dali, well who isnt he a hero of. Ryden, well, a hero of the highest order, verging on godlike. Picasso - amazing line work, I just wished his technique was tighter, legacy of a graphic designer (keep it toight). haha. ( I Love it.-critiqueing one of the worlds most famous painters).

PS.You probably don't need to know this but..
The lizard. is a Tuatara and is a reptile. Tuatara is a Maori word meaning "peaks on the back".
It is the last remaining member of the ancient group of reptiles, Sphenodontia.
it is the only survivor of a large group of reptiles that roamed the earth at the same time as dinosaurs. It hasn't changed its form much in over 225 million years! The relatives of tuatara died out about 60 million years ago which is why the tuatara is sometimes called a ‘living fossil’ - cool.

Ka Kité



That painting is really austere and beautiful. These are the works it recalls to me.

Dali piece it remids me of:




Escher piece with lizards crawling up and over:




I think the Ryden compliment/comparison was just due to the surreal nature and "tight" execution of your work.

I think your work would look great alongside any top surrealist.

The tiki guy is really cool as it recalls the chimera like forms of NZ tikis and also gargoyles.

Aloha

S
T



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Limey
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From: Wellington, New Zealand
Posted: 2007-04-15 6:52 pm   Permalink

yeah I'm with you on the Dali ref.. Nice work. I didnt think you were being flippant with those refs. and I did appreciate the compliment, who wouldn't. I like the inclusion of backgrounds, landscape environment is very much a part of living here. Michael Parkes was a bit of an influence there too. Cheers again.

 
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Sneakytiki
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Joined: Mar 31, 2003
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From: Boise, Idaho
Posted: 2007-04-15 7:17 pm   Permalink

Limey,

I'm glad you didn't take offense. I think your work is super cool. I just finished a surrealist inspired piece I started after digging your initial posts.

Regards,

S
T
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Aaron's Akua
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Posted: 2007-04-15 8:04 pm   Permalink

Limey, your work is incredible. Welcome to TC.

A-A


 
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