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. This version of Tiki is based on the natural habitat of the Polynesian God, hence it’s aptly named: Nature Tiki. It will brighten up any room with it’s combination of dark and light colours!
Tiki is inherently an island staple and has his roots in nature. The jungle has lots of incredible colours and contrasts and I wanted to put Tiki back in the place it was founded. Because I’ve been making Tiki work for so long I wanted to try something completely different, creating a dark jungle backdrop with a tiki painted almost in negative colours. mainly in white to represent the spiritual nature of the being. I wanted to encapsulate the feeling of Tiki really being a staple of the living room (or any room the piece would be hung), as shown in the picture very much coming to light against a pure white background to accentuate the dark backdrop and vivid blues, greens and golds that make up this 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!