13 Jul Brad ‘Tiki Shark’ Parker "Tales from the Tiki Lounge" & Miles Thompson "Warm Fuzzies, Cold Pricklies"
Brad ‘Tiki Shark’ Parker “Tales from the Tiki Lounge” & Miles Thompson “Warm Fuzzies, Cold Pricklies”
July 6 – 29, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, July 6th; 8-11 PM
Brad ‘Tiki Shark’ Parker “Tales from the Tiki Lounge”
Tales from the Tiki Lounge is the rarest, hardest to find, and most collectible, Pulp-Adventure publication never made. It existed only in the Mai-Tai light Zone of Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker’s imagination. These paintings are the cover-art of the most desired and sought after issues. So precious that they are nearly beyond price, and believability.
Brad Parker creates lurid paintings that pull in influences from tiki, comics, and rock.
–Honolulu Magazine, “The Best Of 2012 “
My art is my personal celebration of a creative reinvention of a foolish misinterpretation of an ancient mythology that sought to solve the mystery of the “breath of life” that eternally and precariously surfs the complete expanse between the bottomless sea and the floating shadow land of preexistence in the inconceivable heights of the sky. Not just to live. But, to ‘live aloha’.
Miles Thompson “Warm Fuzzies, Cold Pricklies”
Miles Thompson has chosen Gouache on illustration board to create his new body of work, “Warm Fuzzies, Cold Pricklies,” a show which reflects on what makes life both a beach and a bitch. It is an epitaph for the oceans and forests, once abundant and fecund (look it up, it is the root of the F bomb), now only a ghostly reminder of what an infinite life giving power they once were. There is more than just an environmental message here, “Warm Fuzzies, Cold Pricklies” is also a joyful reminder for us all to frolic around and about the impermanence we all face day to day while we are blessed with a heart, body and mind. Life happens between the lullaby and the nightmare, having and losing. Everything in-between is either a memory that we don’t want to fade, or which is sadly indelible.
Thompson, whose influences range from the ephemeral world of comics, animation and album cover art to centuries of fine art and sculpture, is a native Californian residing in Hollywood who draws, paints, reads, writes, hikes, runs, surfs and meditates. He is most inspired by his daughter who he calls his butterfly.
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