BRAD "Tiki Shark" PARKER
Brad Parker paints "Low Brow Art" about Modern Tiki Culture. He does so from the most remote land mass in the world: the Big Island of Hawaii. "When you live on an active volcano, you learn to make sacrifices." The artist doesn't mean throwing virgins into the volcano, but rather his move from the fast lane of Hollywood to the slower pace of the small seaside town of Kailua-Kona.
Brad has worked in several types of media: writing, penciling, inking, coloring, and editing comic books from small publishers right up to the industry's leaders: Marvel and DC Comics.
Brad did production illustration for several movies, but his most memorable contribution is the design of the infamous Creeper for the Jeepers Creepers films. "Finally, I reached a point where I wanted to realize my own vision instead of helping others realize theirs."
Brad stopped accepting film work and moved to Hawaii where he began directing the art side of his company - Tike Shark Hawaii Inc - and painting his interpretations of the Modern Tiki sub culture.
Tiki Art is referred to as "Low Brow Art" as opposed to "High Brow" or "Fine" Art, only because it references modern or pop culture. Low Brow Art has seen tremendous popularity in the [mainland] West Coast art scene since the 1990's.
Brad Parker's style is reminiscent of the old Flemish masters, but with counter culture subject matter from a childhood of adoring comic books, cartoons, and Universal monster movies. A unique American culture of television, comics, the Hawaiian craze of the 50's and 60's (plus its re-emergence as hipster-retro-kitsch), all go into the Polynesian pop-art of this new work.
It's unique. It's strange. But it's familiar. It's Hawaii seen through a pair of cartoonland glasses.
"I love the work coming out of the Low Brow Art scene in LA. But, there just wasn't enough being said about Tikis for my taste. Tiki art is a whole new and old art form at the same time. It's the first abstraction of the human form and the birth of modern art, and it's the re-creation of wooden idols into the 20th century idols of recreation!"
— Brad Parker, Tiki Shark