The origin of the character in this tiki painting was an old Polynesian god who was in local island lore for many years. When Hawai’i was inducted as a state of the US, Tiki came to fame in America. Tiki was quickly adopted as a slightly camp addition to already established island cliche’s. Tiki has remained associated with that era and region until this day.
For the launch of The Laidback Tiki on Instagram I decided to scale up and make a Tiki painting I haven’t done in over 10 years. I wanted to make this special. Aside from that Tiki always resembled individualism and freedom to me. Compared to other religions this Tiki painting portrays a deity that has no direct interest in punishment like most. Every island in the region has it’s own spins and twists on it and I can also mention the millions of different versions that came to pass over the years since. You can have this very piece of local lore right in your home with this custom Tiki painting.
For this Tiki illustration I used a background and touches of Marabu acrylic paints and effects. I topped it off with Posca acrylic markers for extra effect. All was done on a tightly fitted canvas on wooden frame at a 60 x 80 cm Size. For more information please contact me!