Tiki (tik, ti'i, ki'i, Moai, tikis) For Future Upcoming Show
(Acrylic and spray paint on panel 8 X 10)
Tiki comes from Polynesian folklore. Tiki can be found in New Zealand, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Hawaii and many other places in the Pacific. Specifically in Maori mythology Tiki is the first man. Tiki is usually described as a large humanoid type of carving. These carvings mark sacred areas. Certain Tikis in Hawaiian culture are gods and idols such as Ku, Lono, Kane, Kanaloa. The type of tiki I have illustrated has a very general Hawaiian feel to it. It is a bit of a play on primitive verses modern art. The background was made by scraping earth tone colors of acrylic along the panel with a stiff piece of plastic. I then carefully hand-cut a stencil and spray painted the tiki head. The theme of Tiki has evolved into a type of culture in the United States. Starting in 1934 with the opening of Don the Beachcomber, a Polynesian themed bar in Hollywood and presently expanding still to this day. Tiki is now a way of life with exotic music, drinks, bars, lounges, clothing, and products.