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The "Lurid" Tiki Art of Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3563
From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2014-01-15 9:53 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
The Red Tiki Lounge is now on display at the Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery until it shows at the "La Luz De JesusGallery" next July.

Sure it'll get some shocked looks from tourists walking in the front door looking for happy dolphins!

I can actually say I felt this one was "done" when I put down the brush. That's rare.
Also,
Check out my new tiki towels in the tiki market place!


Big ALOHA!



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www.tikishark.com
"You have not appropriated the Culture of Hawaii, the Culture of Hawaii has appropriated you."
K. Angel Pilago (Hawaiian Elder & my personal Yoda)
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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3563
From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2014-01-16 5:13 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
What do you think? Will the younger generation "Get" TIKI?

I recall great board graphics back in the 80's, but have not seen much in a long time, so I thought this might be an arena wide open for some low brow art, and am surprised I couldn't find any boards sporting any low brow. Wouldn't other tiki artist's like Big Toe's work really be bitchin' on a board as well? Guess we
ll see how well this experiment goes, and it the market responds well I can maybe try to hook up some more of my Artist buddies.
ALOPHA


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3563
From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2014-01-17 01:59 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe.
I have two paintings I am starting. "Ken Ruzic the Grey Tiki-Wizard" (one of the 5 Tiki-Wizards in Tiki-Middle-Earth), has told me it's good to work on two as you can bounce back and forth, if one gets old, or you get stuck, you can switch over to the other painting, thus keeping the art flow fresh.
Sounds good. He is such a wise Tiki-Wizard!

One painting is a huge thing. Here is the seed if the idea:

A hot time in tiki town tonight. Giant tiki, tiki bar, classic cars. My Tiki-Noir theme again.

Here the giant tiki is fire breathing.

Here the tiki Bar is replaced by the art patron's place of business, he is commissioning this piece - so it'll feature his giant liquor store. "Liquor World"!
The idea will be to have a giant tiki, a giant big foot, a giant t-Rex, and a giant Saber Tooth Tiger (all but the Tiki are actually IN his shop!) they will be
smokin' and drinking and playing cards, using the roof of the building as a table. Fun huh? but there's more...
A classic car show in the parking lot, and a drag race tween a hot rod and a Triceratops (he also has that in his store!), plus a rock band of
animated skeletons playing for the crowd. His store has lots of fun events like car shows and live music. Lots more sketching to do.
This is a huge canvas- the biggest I've ever painted.
Should be ... interesting.

The second painting is a follow up to the "Jungle Witch". It is for now, being called "the Sea Witch".

It has the Jungle Witch in a classic "above and below" ocean shot,(I've never done one yet, and they are very popular here in Hawaii
- every artist seems to have done one, or many.) ...with shark and sea turtle 'aumakua (guardian spirits) swimming round, some
tikis (of course), lots of fun colorful fish....and strange coral, plus a beautiful wave, and a beautiful Hawaiian sunset.
With a perfect looking tropical island in the distance. This one came to me all in "one big flow" almost finished.
A real treat! - and one of those things were the "Muse of Low-brow Art" grants me a favor and I just sit back and watch the pencil create the image.
Magical!

Brad's invisible pretend Low-Brow Art Muse sez:
"What can I say? After all dat stuff where his art got ripped off,
and all da' lawyers going back and forth and getting no where,
threats and lost business 'n crap, 'den he caught da' X-mas flu.
Well, I thought, what da' heck. I'd give da' kid a break. But, just
this one time. And, only cause he worked extra hard on makin'
da' last one specially good, & very Tiki/Low-Brow."


 
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Kai Koa
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Joined: Nov 11, 2012
Posts: 67
From: Kailua Kona
Posted: 2014-01-17 08:22 am   Permalink

Wow Brad! The Sea Witch sketch is Amazing, I think it's going to make for one of your best paintings yet, you let your Low-Brow Art Muse know that I give him "MAD PROPS"!

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2014-01-17 3:43 pm   Permalink

Kai Koa - Thanks! I'm pretty excited by this one.
It's got that ... hard to explain, but good low-brow / high-brow feel - if I work my ass off.
I gave my pretend invisible Low-Brow Art Muse your praise, he sez...

"No biggie."
SO.....
Ya' wanna see the scariest thing in the world ...for an artist? Do ya??

EEK!





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"Brad Parker creates lurid paintings that pull in influences from tiki, comics, and rock."
- Honolulu Magazine "The Best Of" 2012 Issue

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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2014-01-18 5:45 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
moving the sketch of thee "SEA WITCH" to the canvas.... doing it the old fashioned way. Making squares on a sketch and then on the canvas, and eye balling it. Then penciling it on the canvas. I could use a Lucy, but I find this throws into the process that "unknown-organic-extra-chance" of creating something new and better.

Here's a sketch of the SEA WITCH

The Sketch squared off.

The Canvas squared off.

And here's the sketch being transferred to the canvas.
In the past sometimes I've even skipped this stage and went right to brush. But this is a commission, and I'm being a little more careful.
LATERS!


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2014-01-18 5:59 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
So the "RED TIKI LOUNGE " which I still can't believe I finished! Is up on display in the local Wyland Gallery getting all kinds of interesting comments from tourists coming in. I hear some folks are quite taken back by it, as they come in looking for dolphins and happy whales and find this:

The staff has been having fun, as it's right in the middle of the gallery on a podium, and the first thing you see once you really come inside. Can't miss it!

Here's a nice close look.

Even I'm not quite sure what that hybrid "Mickey-Mouse-Dog-Tiki-Thing" is on the street in front of the car. (!)

But yes that is for sure Crazy Al as a zombie. All the staff now know who Crazy Al is, as I had them look him up online.
Big Aloha!
BP~


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"You have not appropriated the Culture of Hawaii, the Culture of Hawaii has appropriated you."
K. Angel Pilago (Hawaiian Elder & my personal Yoda)
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2014-01-19 3:21 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Here's the latest on the transference to the canvas of the Sea Witch Design...

About half on, some changes ,maybe... all very evolving.

Some changes as things fit into where they go...

Mahalo and ALOHA!


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2014-01-19 3:30 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe~
Working on another set of hand painted tiki mugs ... here's the first layer, and antique patina finish.

I do a layer of black that gets into all the little cracks so you can see all the detail.

Then I lay down a grey on the bones like the skulls....first layer...

On on the teeth as well.

more laters!


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www.tikishark.com
"You have not appropriated the Culture of Hawaii, the Culture of Hawaii has appropriated you."
K. Angel Pilago (Hawaiian Elder & my personal Yoda)
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2014-01-20 12:13 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Here the design for "The Sea Witch" being transferred to the Canvas.

The whole thing is 24" x 30"

At the request of the Art patron I added in the State fish of Hawaii.
using a photo he took on one of his scuba diving trips here!

Here's a sunken Moai, and of course, no low-brow/Tiki-Art painting is complete without
at least one skull somewhere!

Here's the Sea Witch... sort of a Betty Boop/Mermaid /Tiki-Style version.

More ton come!
ALOHA!



 
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Kai Koa
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Joined: Nov 11, 2012
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From: Kailua Kona
Posted: 2014-01-20 09:38 am   Permalink

Lookin Awesome Brad! It's going to be cool to watch the canvas take form. Such a cool piece, and the Hawaiian State fish is a great addition!

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2014-01-22 6:36 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Most of the design is down on the canvas now...

I changed a few things. Thus the ol' organic process is working. I hope, and I do believe these are changes that have made the design better. Certain fish - more thought into the coral, and a little more thinking on the wave.

More Laters!


 
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Professor G
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Joined: Sep 03, 2011
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From: the Tiki Wastelands
Posted: 2014-01-22 7:02 pm   Permalink

I do enjoy seeing the composition that goes into the art.

When I see your steps, I'm reminded of a literary critic whose name is lost in the haze of grad. school memory saying that the cavalier poets worked very, very hard to make their work look easy.


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2014-01-24 1:18 pm   Permalink

Professor G - Hmmm, how very true, I guess. Somedays it's like slapping plastic wet colored goo on a springy canvas seems like the worst way to try to create an image. Other days, if the Art Muse is with me, it just flows. Strange. Guess it's just comes down to work like everything else.

Here's what's new:

Most of the design is down on the canvas, and soon I'll start painting in the "under-painting" in monochromatic-tones. Then, I'll lay in semi-transparent layers of color to ...ah...color the whole deal. So, lots of work to do.

More laters!
ALOHA!


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The Big Island o' Hawaii
Posted: 2014-01-27 9:24 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe,

Here's where we are now. Pencil sketch on the left, canvas on the right.
More laters...
Aloha~


 
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