'ScooTiki: Mods & Gods' - group exhibition July, 2011
...About the Show...
Scootiki: Mods & Gods Group Exhibition | July/August 2011 Elroy Artspace @ The Original | 300 SW 6th (Downtown PDX) Opening Reception – (First) Thursday, July 7th, 5-9pm show runs July 7th through September 7th, 2011 Elroy Artspace Gallery to Features its 2nd Annual Tiki Fine Art Group Show Opening on July’s First Thursday Artwalk! * "Scootiki: Mods & Gods" will enjoy another FUN and HUGE opening at our gallery home within The Original Dinerant!
* Elroy will unveil and sell a custom TIki Mug for the Scootiki event at the opening reception! It's designed by tiki artist Mulder142 in collaboration with, and produced by Paul Neilson of Munktiki! This gorgeous mug will be a limited and Super-limited edition for sale on a first-come basis.
* Portland’s own Tiki drink mixologist and historian Craig Hermann a.k.a. Colonel Tiki has created a new Tiki drink for the mug: the SCOOTIKI SLING, unveiled and served on First Thursday, made with and sponsored by Portland’s B.G. Renyolds Exotic Syrups and Sailor Jerry Rum! Check this out!:
SCOOTIKI SLING: 2 oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum 1/2 oz B.G. Reynolds Orgeat 1/2 oz Crème de Cacao 1/2 oz Cherry flavor Brandy 1/2 oz lemon juice dash bitters... ...Shake with 6 oz crushed ice and pour into official Scootikimug. Garnish with a spanked mint sprig and maraschino cherries run through on a parasol pick. Imbibe.
* Elroy's "Scootiki: Mods & Gods" show will serve also as the official Art Show of the National Lambretta Jamboree held in Portland July 8-10th!
* The "Scootiki" show will also be a featured Saturday event on the Tiki Kon IX schedule, proudly hosting the Kon’s avid tiki fans with fine, Tiki art!
...all works are much more vibrant than the pics here on the website...
*Hover over or click on pictures for details. Contact Joe@ElroyArt.com for purchase or info.
Bamboo Ben (Huntington Beach, CA)
Southern California artist Bamboo Ben has carved-out his everlasting signature in today’s Tiki movement by creating tropical paradises for motion picture sets, directors, musicians, corporate presidents, restaurants (including Frankie's Tiki Room in Las Vegas, the Kona Club in Oakland, and the venerable Forbidden Island) and private residences; Bamboo Ben will go down in history as “the foremost Tiki bar designer and builder worldwide” (writes the Los Angeles Times.) Bamboo Ben lives with his wife Vicki and his sons, Jack and Blake, and works out of his humble studio and store front in Huntington Beach, CA.
Bamboo Ben - "The Rolling Lambrettiki", 28" x 19" - Carved wood - $200
Bamboo Ben - "The Rolling Lambrettiki", 28" x 19" - Carved wood - $200
Kerry Beary (Baton Rogue, LA)
Kerry has been selling her work since age 15...the first piece she ever sold was an image of Iron Maiden's "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" LP cover on the back of a Levi's denim jacket for one of the “burnouts” in her high school! This, she says, is "where it all began!" A professional artist for over a decade, Kerry this year opened her namesake "Atomic Pop Shop" MCM decor, art and vintage Americana storefront...
Bosko Hrnjak was raised in Southern California where his aestetic was influenced by the San Gabriel valley and its mid-century splendor. He earned his B.F.A. from the Art Center College of Design and today is best known for his Polynesian inspired sculptures, ceramics and design work. Book of Tiki and Tiki Modern author Sven Kirsten calls Bosko “The Pioneer of the Tiki Revival.” His other acclaimed artistic works include paintings, sculpture, photography, three dimensional assemblages, musical concepts and a modern wood art line inspired by the legendary Witco Company; he's been featured in numerous books, newspaper and magazine articles - radio and television interviews, documentaries and short films; and his work has been shown and featured in the finest genre galleries in the world...and now in PDX with Elroy Artspace!
Bosko Hrnjak - "Scoot Moai", 12" x 36" - SOLD
Benjamin Burch (Portland, OR)
Benjamin Burch's application of skills as a fine art painter, 2D animator and illustrator traipse the line of their individual disciplines, providing for razor-sharp images of his always-fun subjects! His childhood and enduring passion for the diverse works of Charley Harper and the 'Schoolhouse Rock' animations speak to the ultimate direction of Benjamin's career in art.
Dave Burke (Los Angeles, CA)
Dave Burke is an LAX-based visual artist whose roots in lowbrow garnered him covers for Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's "Rat Fink Comix" in the mid 90's as well as a two man exhibit with Roth in 1999. In 2007, DB created the 30th Anniversary "Fiend" logo for legendary horror punk band The Misfits. He is known for his moody, sepia-toned Halloween paintings, abundant Tiki-themed imagery and diverse styles including hard-edge modernist designs. DB's paintings are exhibited worldwide. Visit Monsterfetish.com to see more.
Dave Burke, "Helmetiki", 10" x 8" - Acrylic on canvas, $SOLD
Wendy Cevola (anytown, USA)
People find joy in many places, and while searching for her ‘art joy’ Wendy Cevola had worked in many mediums from oxygen acetylene torch welding to lost wax casting…leading her to finally to find the most joy in working clay and painting. She hope to share her achievements in these areas through public presentations of her art…and Elroy is proud to provider her one of many chances to do it! Find more of Wendy as ‘DanLovesTikis’ on TikiCentral.com
Dawn Fraiser (Seattle, WA)
A self proclaimed Neo-Primitive Outsider, Dawn Frasier has polished the look of her ‘Sophista-tiki’ Originals for over 20 years. Working in watercolors and acrylic, “grade-school-1962 meets vintage travel agency reception area” describes the flavor of her art; infused with misty combinations of blues, greens, browns and the juxtaposition of primitive and modern influences. Dawn has designed and manufactured vintage-style party favors, decorated MCM homes and created award winning art cars, too. Shown in most major Tiki shows, Dawn’s paintings have been featured in Taboo: The Art of Tiki, and Tiki Art Now 3.
Frog Island Tikis (Portland, OR)
...Started carving tikis in 2000 after a trip to Maui. I love and appreciate Polynesian culture, but rather than follow traditional ways, I put my own rather twisted view on the matter. I build each tiki with a protective edge to watch over the owner's well being. Most of them are of redwood or cedar, but my brother-in-law Jimbo brings me excellent palm from California. I start with a chainsaw and then really get into them with chisels, files, and knives. I have read that the ONLY way to breath life into an idol is through use of hand tools, but if primitive man had access to a chainsaw I know he would have used it. Tikis are for fun. Mahalo - CY
Sam grew up with kustom kulture art as the son of an original 1956 Detroit, Michigan pinstriper. He has a great love and appreciation for vintage ad art; so much so that much of his art is sometimes mistaken to be 40 or 50 years old! He's created comic panels for King Features Syndicate's New Breed comic strip and shown his work in gallery art shows inside and outside of the United States. His subject matter many times includes campy, vintage and kitschy cult characters - usually with a different spin than one would expect to see with these personalities. He designed the Sam's Shrunken Head and Sam's Dinky Noggin mugs by Tiki Farm; the 2007 tiki mug for the legendary Sam's Seafood Restaurant in Huntington Beach, California; and Mort, Maury and Merv - the Bowling Moai Brothers mugs and decanter by Tiki Farm. On any given day, you can find him combing junk stores, thrift shops and flea markets. He seeks inspiration by collecting unique relics and old instructional books anywhere they can be found.
"Emblem" by Sam Gambino - 11" x 14", Sign Painter's 1-Shot enamel and gold leaf on panel, $sold, in vintage frame
GOON (Los Angeles, CA)
A relative newcomer to the fine art world, GOON is the reclusive protege of lowbrow veteran Dave Burke (Rat Fink Comix, Tabu: The Art of Tiki). As such, his paintings exhibit a healthy dose of monsters, Tikis and Fink-esque characters. Often combined with colorful, abstract backgrounds, Goon's illustration style of incremental monochromatic modeling as applied to figures and inanimate subjects yields high-impact and accessible visual treats.
Bbert Goo (Lake Oswego, OR)
With a love of Pop, Dada, Surrealism and advertising imagery, Mark Randall's artwork under the pseudonym Bbert Goo can be anti-described as among the Fluxus genre. Rather than making a statement, his art is a tactile survey of elements of those artists whose influence can be seen in it - including Magritte, Rosenquist, Cornell, Ernst, Warhol, Rauschenberg and of course, Calder. Mr. Randall hails from the Pacific NW, born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. He earned a BS in Art Education from the University of Oregon in 1978, and has been creating and selling his artwork ever since.
Sherill Ann Gross (Anytown, USA)
Sherill Anne Gross: My artwork is made only with paper, glue, and patience. I started paper cutting exclusively seven years ago. While in school pursing my BFA in Studio Art, I fell in love with collage and printmaking, and the evolution to working solely with paper evolved. With my background in graphic design and knack for color theory I find cut paper a wonderful way to combine all of my passions. Every part of my art is made only using cut paper; even the signature. The non-straight lines and imperfect circles that are created are layered upon each other to reveal a final realistic image. All of the work is done by hand - no stencils are used. My artwork is what happens when you run with scissors.
Sherill Ann Gross - "Orange", 9" x 9" / 12" x 16" (framed) - $200
Bob 'Tiki Hana' Ho (FL)
James Gulliver Hancock (Brooklyn, NY)
James Gulliver Hancock is an illustrator and visual artist. Originally from Australia, he is now based in Brooklyn and is attempting to draw all the buildings in New York City. He feels ill when he isn't making something, riding his bike, or flying kites...
James Gulliver Hancock - "All the Scooters in Rome" - UNFRAMED $100
Donald Harvey (Portland, OR)
An accomplished professional artist, recent San Francisco transplant to Portland Donald Harvey is also a tiki collector! Another outlet for his art are beach plastic sculptures - fun assemblages of creatures, beach kachinas, and aliens made from the beachcombed finds of S.F.'s Ocean beach and the 'streetcombing' treasures gleaned from the Mission district.
"Mai Tai in the Wild" by Donald Harvey, Acrylic on Panel, 12" x 12", framed - $300
Noel Heneman (Portland, OR)
"We Are The Gods" by Noel Hennenman, 36" x 24", Mixed Media faux stone carving. $sold
Doug Horne (CA)
Says Doug Horne: "Back when I was a little bambino I knew I wanted to be an artist. My school notebook was covered front to back with my drawings. Being raised in a creative environment fed the flame. I guess you could say art is in my blood." His work reflects his interests in mid-century artifacts, deco style, tiki lounge and atomic futurism, among other related genres. Images of past pop culture mixed with current day pop culture provide an endless source of inspiration and possibilities for Doug, and he says that "this creative energy is what I thrive on and live for." Horne graduated from the Colorodo institute of art with a background in graphic design and illustration. After working for various ad agencies and in-house art departments he yearned to be painting again, so quit working 'for the man' to pursue painting full time. That was over 10 years ago, and thankfully for us all he's never looked back!
"Low Tide Lambretta", by Doug Horne - Pencil on Handmade Paper mounted on MDF Board, 12" x 26.5", $sold
Robert Jimenez (Pembroke Pines, FL)
Robert Jimenez was raised in Brooklyn NY, and a love of the drawing and comic artworks of Gil Kane, Jim Aparo, Neal Adams and then later George Peréz and John Byrne led him towards a career in the arts. Illustrating, designing and animating for broadcast television, he also maintains websites which showcase his artwork. www.tikitower.com which features his Tiki art and www.zerostreet.com where you will find a sample of all the work he does. Robert Jimenez now lives in Pembroke Pines Florida with his wife and 2 daughters.
Jennifer 'Juanita' Kenworth (Portland, OR)
Sold before pics taken!
Rob Kramer (Portland, OR)
A transplanted "Jersey Guy" now based in Portland, painter, illustrator and graphic designer Rob Kramer has been creating art his entire life. Growing up as a pop culture junkie, his steady diet of Wacky Packs, superhero comics and sugar-coated cereals is very evident in his work. Throw into that mix his love of pin-up art, classic cars, Tiki and Saturday morning cartoons, and you have the influences that inspire Rob's pencil to move. His paintings have hung in galleries in Portland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Rob's illustration work has recently appeared in Antarctic Press comics, License! magazine and a tee-shirt graphic for FoodCartsPortland.com.
Rob Kramer - "Bamboo Benny's", yy" x yy", Digital Painting Giclee Print - $85, framed ($40 unframed)
Donna LaPlante (Portland, OR)
Armed with 25-plus years of graphic design experience, Donna brings a trained eye for color and composition, along with a healthy thirst for experimentation, to her kiln-formed glass art. Donna has been recognized for her workmanship and excellent use of color, design and technique by seasoned fellow artists. She is a member of the Oregon Glass Guild and her work is found in both private and public collections.
Donna LaPlante, "Tiki-licious!" - Kiln-formed and sandblasted glass with metal stand
13" x 10" (17.5" x 13” x 5" framed) - $sold
Tom 'Big Toe' Laura (Anytown, USA)
Tom was raised in SoCal on a steady beach-rat diet of Ed Roth, Mad Magazine and Surfer Magazine's Rick Griffin. "BigToe" creates art with a casual, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor and playful eroticism that offers a nostalgic escape in our fast-paced and ever-changing world. BigToe’s art is inspired by the confluence of Tiki, Kustom and Surf culture. The fusion of these seemingly disparate lifestyles has always been an obvious one to the artist: all 3 are outsider ways of life. The last vestiges of wild west renegades. BigToe's artwork has been featured in Art Galleries as well as Books and Magazines worldwide.
"Lambretta Luau", by Big Toe - 20" x 16" - Acrylic on Panel, Framed - $950
Cass McClure (Anytown, USA)
Cass "Junkhauler" McClure is a California-based artist who creates his art in spurts between day jobs doing makeup/creature effects for film and television. Art subject matter comes from numerous interests such as Kaiju, Demerara rum, classic monsters, pre-1968 vehicles, and oceanic art - which under the moniker 'Ocea Otica', Cass has created ceramic mugs inspired by classic cocktails since 2003. His longtime love of vintage tropical cocktails led to him transforming Jeff Berry into a colorful zombie in Beachbum Berry's Sippin Safari, among other mixology-based endeavors.
Ian 'Pian' McWilliams (Portland, OR)
Ian "Pian" McWilliams considers himself a Polyhistor - but first an airbrush artist, and second a welder. With much love for many things that he can work with his hands, Ian is drawn mainly to those things consisting of elements which tell a story by they way look through age, beauty, or destruction. Self taught on the airbrush, it’s his tool of choice as it creates a truly unique look to things. Ian strives in his work to show how airbrushing has more usages than folks realize and to help the art regain its place in the world. Ian lives and works in Portland, OR.
Susannah Mosher (Los Angeles, CA)
Atomikitty AKA Susannah Mosher is a freelance illustrator & graphic designer in Los Angeles CA. In addition to her current work in the toy industry, she regularly exhibits her low brow, tiki & pin-up paintings in galleries throughout the country. When she is not busy painting and plotting, she collects big-eye art, coconut monkeys and dust bunnies.
"Kanaloa Li" (Kanaloa is the ancient Hawaiian God of the Sea) by Susannah Mosher - Acrylic on Wood Panel, 11.5" x 14.5" framed, $sold
John 'Mulder142' Mulder (Enterprise, AL)
Born into an artistic family and raised in California, John Mulder142 has an eye for bright color and a narrative style, and seeks the unusual in his paintings. In his current series, “Scooter Gods”, John is working with iconic Deities from the world’s many religions while modernizing the imagery with pop culture, trend, and scooters. Mulder142 received a BFA in painting and printmaking from Oregon State University and currently lives and paints in Enterprise, Alabama.
"Lamby Lono" by Mulder142 - 24" x 18", Acrylic, $sold
MUNKTIKI (Everytown, USA)
Munktiki was founded in the early months of the year 2000. Comprised of designers Paul and Miles they strive to bring to the world the finest Tiki Mugs and related products. Their combined experience and knowlege in the ceramics field has enabled them to produce some of the finest Tiki Mugs to date. With an eye on the fun side they strive to add their sense of taste to the "ART OF THE TIKI MUG" Please join them on their journey into the realm of cocktail madness and tiki mug dreams!
Susan Najarian (Seattle, WA)
Susan’s encaustic paintings are created using many thin layers of beeswax that attract and refract light. Using photography as the ‘underpainting’, the images are digitally manipulated and then transferred to a wood frame covered in encaustic wax, and layers of wax suspend the photograph, altering the appearance to produce the cloud-like feeling of the medium…the imagery appears to float. Susan lives abd artist’s live on a beautiful little forested island near Seattle, WA.
Tim Oakley (Portland, OR)
Hawaii-born and raised Tim Oakley began his love for the art of Tiki’s, Ali’i’s and Warrior Women while a surfing professional in his early teens. Being surrounded by everything Hawaii, Tim would sketch facial expressions of tiki’s for friends – and in return would receive a large bowl of poi. Ono’. While Tim is not creating Hawaii art, he is the owner & creative director of Oakley Design Worldwide in Portland, Oregon. And yes, Tim still surfs regularly. But only after having a bowl of poi.
"Cruis'n Tiki" by Tim Oakley - Hand Painted & Airbrushed Birch panel, Luma Dyes, Liquitex Acrylics, Com-Air, Dr.Martins Spectralite, Badger Air_Opaque and Clorox Bleach - 27.5" x 22.5", $SOLD
Eric October (Los Angeles, CA)
Eric October graduated from UCLA with a BA in Fine Art and currently works as a freelance artist and graphic designer. Bitten by the tiki bug, the main focus of his work for the past several years has been exploring the rich and fertile Tiki Culture scene. Endlessly inspired by this world, he's currently branching out into ceramics in addition to the painting, sculpting and tiki-doll making he already does. Eric has exhibited work in numerous galleries throughout the west coast, and boy, is he having the time of his life!
Eric October, "Lambo Moai", 14" x 11", acrylic on Canvas, gallery wrapped, $sold
George Perrou (Portland, OR)
George Perrou’s art is inspired by mid-century animation, and gives nods to Miro, Kandinsky and Calder. Perrou's is a style all his own, painting colorful abstractions of reality onto the canvas using retro and modern colors in acrylic. George lives and paints in the creative epicenter of Portland, Oregon.
"No Rest 'till Maui" by George Perrou, 36" x 24", Acrylic on Canvas, Gallery Wrapped, $800
Ken 'Kinny' Ruzic (Orange, CA)
Ken has been painting for over 20 years ,with over a hundred exhibitions both domestically and internationally. Besides that, he has also appeared in dozens of magazines and has released mugs, t-shirts, self-published books and countless other odd products over the course of his career. With his ex-Marine discipline, Ken works non-stop in his Range, California studio, stopping only to hang a show (and to go potty.) Drawing from an abundance of curiosity, research, and a Midwestern upbringing his subject matter ranges from Polynesian/Melanesian art all the way to the machinations of modern society. It’s his drive to understand and communicete these ideals that assure Mr. Ruzic many lifetimes of subjects to tackle...
Casey Sachen (Chicago, IL)
Casey Sachen's Blue Smoke Project is a photographic documentary dedicated to scooter rallies. This project takes you on a first hand visual journey through the subculture of vintage scooter rallies; the machines, the people, the lifestyle and the beauty. The Project will result in a book which will show the uniqueness of scooter rallies and the community that makes them happen. Casey earned his B.A. in Photography at Columbia College then moved to San Francisco, California to photograph the streets, skateboarders, scooterists and the music scene, shooting for record labels like Ironworks and Interscope Records and there began working on The Blue Smoke Project.
Scott 'Flounder' Scheidly (Orlando, FL)
Mona Superhero (Portland, OR)
Mona is a Super Hero! Her process involves no paints, and only tape. Believe it...
"West Side Storyr" by Mona Superhero, 36" x 24", Tape on Wood, $1000
Tiki tOny (Ventura, CA)
Tiki tOny lives in a small beachcomber shack in Ventura, California, where he creates works inspired by the art of ancient Polynesia and with subconscious undertones of Dr. Seuss. A Painter, carver, and illustrator, Tony strives to use found materials like driftwood and recycled paint, and his whimsical vision of the exotic are shown throughout the country and internationally. He is creating tiki mugs for Tiki Farm, wacky toucans out of driftwood, and is currently drawing and painting for a children’s book with plans to become an animated series!
"Dia De Los Beachcomber" by Tiki tOny - Acrylic on Canvas - 8" x 10", Artist-carved Wood Frame - $sold
Keith Tucker (Portland, OR)
Over two decades of living and creating art in Hawaii has driven Keith Tucker to reflect upon Tiki art, and he's applying to it more than twenty years as a professional animation and Live action storyboard artist. Keith has also worked as an Illustrator, and also draws comic books . His animation career found Keith working for the major studios like Steven Spielgberg's Amblin Entertainment, Disney, Warner Brothers, Marvel, Universal, Hana Barbera, Filmation and a long list of others, drawing characters like Pinky and the Brain, X-men, Spiderman, Star Trek, Robo cop, Conan, He-Man, Shera, Transformers, Gi. Joe, Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtles, Addams Family, on and on...
Chris Young (Portland, OR)
Chris Young has been carving under his company Frog Island Tikis ever since a trip to Maui hooked him on the ‘Island Lifestyle’ a decade ago. A t-shirt printing business owner since 1979,Frog Island Tikis, was formed with the intention of producing off-beat carvings for tikiphiles everywhere. Cy creates carvings that are different, humorous, bold, and protective…when properly located they will watch over you, guarding against skullduggery and evil-doers! In spite of the compliment which the legendary carver Crazy Al Evans gave Cy’s work, his idols are the good and not the bad kind of “KILLER"!