This unique tiki wall art takes a new twist on the Polynesian tiki. Traditional tiki forms are blended with a variety of ethnic references. From Japanese style Kabuki tikis, to Mexican Day of the Dead skeleton tikis, Jacob’s paintings are vivid cultural cocktails. The thread that binds his tiki characters is dipped in antiquity, creating a distinctive look so old it’s new!
Tiki statues were often used by Polynesians to mark the boundaries of sacred significant sites. They were the gateway guardians to other worlds marking the realm of the afterlife and beyond. Today they can be found as tiki wall art in tiki bars across the world. Modern tikis are now the guardians of cocktails, luaus, and kitschy decor.
“Leaky Tiki” is a piece of tiki pirate art that depicts a rum running pirate and his trusty parrot. His hard efforts to distribute his tasty rum have been foiled by the tiniest of foes, that cork pulling crab! The island off in the distance is one of his many stash spots, and his loyal parrot companion holds the map to the rest of his secret rum reservoirs.
This piece was painted with acrylic and the background was made to look like a treasure map. The original painting is on an oval cut piece of birch and measures 20″x14″. It comes in a gilded ornate frame that you would expect to see in the Captain's Cabin on a swashbuckling Pirate Ship!
This unique piece of Japanese tiki decor combines cultural elements taken from Japan’s kabuki mask, and meshes them with traditional Polynesian tiki features. “Kabuki Tiki” is a salute to the integration of Japanese culture with Hawaiian lifestyle. This unique piece of tiki decor celebrates the profound impact and influence that Japan has had on Hawaii’s food, language, and people.
“Kabuki Tiki” was made during Waimea’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival. It was painted with many layers of acrylic paint and then enhanced with enamel line work. It measures 10″x16″ and is painted on a smooth Birch panel. Although the original painting has sold there are many print options to choose from.
A relic that has been long forgotten sits on the ocean floor as it looks to the surface surrounded by kelp hoping to one day be found again. “Lost Tiki” is a reminder of how the ocean claims victims to all who fall below her surface.
Made with many layers of acrylic paint and then enhanced with enamel line work “Lost Tiki” measures 12″x16″ and is painted on a smooth Birch panel. It comes in custom rustic wood frame bringing the total size to 20″x22″ giving the piece a look of antiquity.
A tiki skeleton races his 1928 Model A hot rod away from his favorite tiki bar as a nearby volcano begins to erupt. His exhaust shoots flames and the shrunken head on his grill shell gets whiplash as he is accompanied by some Big Daddy Roth style flies into the dense rainforest of Hawaii.
The original painting was a custom piece made centered around the client’s 1928 Model A hot rod. It was painted with Acrylic and Enamel on panel and was framed in a 1930 Model A Ford grill shell. Although the original has sold there are many canvas and paper print options available.
I painted this tiki gods piece as a submission into the Maui Arts and Cultural Center Hawaii National Parks Centennial 2016. The site of Pu’uhonua O Hanaunau is a unique blend of natural and cultural resources where the idyllic Hawaiian landscape is made sacred by human influence. The power of the site is emphasized in the painting through bold line work and exaggerated colors that highlight the significance of this historic place. The frame is constructed to enhance the painting in the same way that the structural elements of Pu’uhonua O Hanaunau enhance the site.
The original paining is painted with acrylic and enamel on birch panel and measures 48″x20″. The frame is custom built from black walnut and is enhanced with rope details bringing the total size to 34″x61″.
This unique Tiki Mask painting incorporates Day of the Dead imagery with Hawaiian Tiki culture. A skeleton wears a tiki mask while dancing around with a tiki torch with a green lit flame.
In Polynesian culture, tiki torches were used in religious ceremonies to pay respects to the gods. Pele the goddess of fire and light, was the god who was most often venerated by the tiki torch.
The piece was made with acrylic and enamel on birch panel and measures 8″x12″. It comes in a custom wood frame with wood burnt tribal details bringing the total size to 13″x15″. Although the original painting has sold there are still paper and canvas print options available!
This unique Tiki Skeleton painting incorporates Day of the Dead imagery with Hawaiian Tiki culture. “Model Tiki” is a narrative of a father and son going on a joy ride into the lush jungle of Hawaii in a car they built together. This is a great piece for all tiki and car culture lovers.
The piece was made with acrylic and enamel on birch panel and measures 16″x20″.
Kū is one of the four main Hawaiian tiki gods. He is the god of war and is the only god who is worshiped with human sacrifice.
Kū is painted with acrylic and enamel on a 11.5″x15″ birch panel. He comes in a custom frame made from endemic Koa wood from the Big Island of Hawaii and is embellished with sculpted tiki tiles and rope details, measuring 19.5″x23″ in total.