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!