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Bongo Bungalow
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From: Indiana
Posted: 2011-05-06 4:25 pm   Permalink

OK. so as we reconstruct this thread, I'm seein' three painting by this guy. How many are there really?

Ok, so lots of information here:


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Joined: Jun 22, 2006
Posts: 1886
From: Aotearoa / NZ
Posted: 2011-05-06 5:33 pm   Permalink

In situ:

Missed out on this at a garage sale ($2!), but scored it for $15 from the guy who did get it (literally out of the back of his van). Good condition vintage Tretchikoffs go for about $200 in NZ and we'd been after this one for ages.

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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-05-06 8:01 pm   Permalink

Good work, TCers, looks like we lined up the four main Exotica girls by Tretchikoff on this and the previous page.

Now I just have to re-post this modern, giant version of the "Lady of the Orient":

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Joined: Oct 15, 2002
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From: Ventura County
Posted: 2011-05-07 6:21 pm   Permalink

3 years ago we went to Key West. We stayed in a B&B by the Southernmost Point. There was a Tretchicoff painting over the toilet.

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Joined: Mar 29, 2002
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From: NorCal
Posted: 2011-06-05 03:05 am   Permalink

incredible news story about the original Chinese Girl, aka Blue Lady


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Posted: 2011-06-05 09:55 am   Permalink

"The Daily Mail this week tracked her down at her home in South Africa" LOL
I'm afraid someone else tracked her down and the Daily Mail just 'used' it:

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Posted: 2011-06-08 05:41 am   Permalink

Amazing that in 2011 they refer to her as "oriental" in the above news story. Rugs and figurines are oriental, not persons.

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Joined: Apr 02, 2002
Posts: 1107
From: SF bay area, CA
Posted: 2011-06-08 09:49 am   Permalink

On 2011-06-08 05:41, OnyaBirri wrote:
Amazing that in 2011 they refer to her as "oriental" in the above news story. Rugs and figurines are oriental, not persons.

If you're referring to the Mail & Guardian link, that's from South Africa. I'm not up on South African political correctness, but they may be closer to the European tradition where "Oriental" is supposedly more common (and accepted) than in the US. I've heard that in the UK, "Asian" actually refers to origins from India, Pakistan, etc. For that matter, I'm not sure if we Americans want "Asian" to refer to only a small part of Asia, or to be a big umbrella that really covers all of Asia, including Russia and the Middle East. One is wrong, the other is almost meaningless because of its breadth. Maybe the American PC people will come up with a better set of terms someday.


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Posted: 2011-06-09 1:29 pm   Permalink

Those are all good points. To clarify, my post had far less to do with being "PC" than it did with respecting the viewpoints of the many Asian Americans that I've known over the years. But I agree that Asia encompasses so vast an expanse as to be almost meaningless in describing ethnicities. Of course, as long as this goes on, we're replacing one adjective with another.

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Joined: Feb 24, 2007
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From: los angeles
Posted: 2011-06-09 2:49 pm   Permalink

oriental item,asian person..politically correct???

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Joined: Aug 06, 2003
Posts: 533
From: Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Posted: 2011-06-10 2:07 pm   Permalink

What is politically correct in the US Mainland may not be elsewhere. My understanding is that in many British-linked areas "Asian" refers to what Americans would call "South Asian" ie Indian subcontinent..."Oriental" would equate with "Far Eastern" ie Japanese, Chinese, Korean...although some in Europe may use the even OLDER term for Orient & mean what we would call "the Middle East." In Hawaii, I've heard many Asians refer to someone as being "Oriental"..meaning East Asian.
I think the current political correct usage is just ridiculous. It is said that the word "Orient" is ethnocentric as it means "East"..east of what? Europe. (So what? It's a European word.) "Asia" is accepted..yet, Asia is NOT an Asian word..it ALSO is a European word meaning...gues what?..EAST. To tope it all off..if Oriental is unacceptable because it refers to something being Eastern...why is the accepted term for West Asia/North Africa "Middle Eeast"??? Which is considered correct by all US news media. It makes NO SENSE.
Asia & Orient mean exactly the same thing in two different root languages (Greek & Roman I believe).
Of course one shouldn't use INSULTING terms for people...but neither of these terms should be insulting.

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Joined: Jul 18, 2004
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From: Tiki in a Crowsnest, AB., Canada
Posted: 2011-06-10 5:38 pm   Permalink

Let's get back on track here!

There's been a lot of talk recently about Tretchikoff and I re-read this thread and saw there weren't really many pic's on here. Someone even posted something about Tretchikoff only doing about 2 paintings.
There's a hard to find book on his work in large format simply named "Tretchikoff". It's a beautiful book with all his paintings and lots of photos and info. A must for any fan!!

Not all of his work should be on a Tiki discussion board but a few of his images really caught something that we all as Tiki enthusiasts can really find appealing. His natural, beautiful and mysterious pieces really take us to a place not so close to home.

We've been collecting his art on and off now for about 12 years or so. Some of ours are packed away right now but here's a few we have around.

Lady of the Orient:

The most famous and probably the picture that always gets noticed for it's "Tiki" themed like qualities. This one, along with the next painting, I re-framed myself. The old frames that they originally came in were damaged and quite plain so I thought these would look good. I still have a couple more of the Oriental ones to do the same way.

Chinese Girl:

The Chinese Girl, above, was probably his next most popular work.

Miss Wong:

And the other, seldom seen Chinese Girl:

Balinese Girl:

Zulu Maiden:

Zulu Maiden II:

I always thought the above two pieces of the Zulu Maidens were really cool. The rough outline of the picture is just drawn in and then the detail and color get completed as you come in on the face. That way at first glance you only see the mysterious blue toned colored face. The way he painted skin and the colors are very well done and he captures such beauty.

Penny Whistlers:

Always thought this one was great as you can see how he has painted it where he has caught the subjects hands actually moving and playing the instruments.

Weeping Rose:

Dying Swan:

Couldn't resist this one in it's unique and original 1950's frame.

Well, that's it for now. Hope you've enjoyed a bit of color on this thread!
Mahalo, TabooDan

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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 442
Posted: 2011-06-13 12:16 pm   Permalink

cool thread. here is my small collection. found these two smaller size chinese girls recently at a swap meet for $5 apiece. I really like the frames they came in, just need a bit of touch up here & there. the frames look original to me.
I also have the balinese girl in the large size in what looks to be the original frame as well. sorry, no photos of that one on this computer.

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Posted: 2011-08-07 04:28 am   Permalink

I launched the first ever blog on Tretchikoff's art.

Please, come on in:

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Joined: Apr 15, 2011
Posts: 259
From: Los Angeles, California
Posted: 2011-08-25 12:58 pm   Permalink

Here's my Tretchikoff that I picked up a few months ago.

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