Description Tiki (tik, ti'i, ki'i, Moai, tikis) (Acrylic and spray paint on panel)Tiki comes from Polynesian folklore. Tiki can be found in New Zealand, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Hawaii and many other places in the Pacific. Specifically in Maori mythology Tiki is the first man. Tiki is usually described as a large humanoid type of carving.These carvings mark sacred areas. Certain Tikis in Hawaiian culture are gods and idols such as Ku, Lono, Kane, Kanaloa.The type of tiki I have illustrated has a very general Hawaiian feel to it. It is a bit of a play on primitive verses modern art. The background was made by scraping earth tone colors of acrylic along the panel with a stiff piece of plastic. I then carefully hand-cut a stencil and spray painted the tiki head. The theme of Tiki has evolved into a type of culture in the United States. Starting in 1934 with the opening of Don the Beachcomber, a Polynesian themed bar in Hollywood and presently expanding still to this day. Tiki is now a way of life with exotic music, drinks, bars, lounges, clothing, and products.
Christopher Bonnette, Rosemead, CA Member Since June 2007 Artist Statement Christopher Bonnette was born and raised in Los Angeles. Since the age of four he knew he wanted to be an artist. He mostly stayed indoors drawing the cartoons he would watch on television. He was taught at an early age to be "constructive not destructive" by his mother. His father was a hard working machinist who taught him the responsibility of getting a job and providing for your family. Having an older brother who would force him to watch horror movies made him develop a strange fascination for monsters, aliens, robots, and anything that goes bump in the night. He would often suffer from night terrors because of this. His father would also tell him ghost and voodoo stories of the old days when he lived on the farm in Louisiana. In 1984 he suffered a grand mall seizure and was clinically deceased for two minutes. Due to this fact his artistic style tends to be dark and macabre yet still maintain a cute whimsical appearance. It is a balance of shape, line and form along with color that makes his artwork very appealing. Christopher is a true Gemini and never allows himself to be pigeon holed into one classification. He can be a graphic designer as well as an illustrator and a fine artist as well as a commercial artist. Right before entering High School he volunteered at John Muir Public Library to teach arts and crafts for the children's summer program. Christopher's dedication to art is representative in even his early childhood years. A High School art teacher saw Christopher's talent and led him to participate in the Otis College summer program. This led him to be accepted at the Otis College of Art and Design. He majored in Illustration and dedicated the four years of his life to further his craft. His hard work and dedication was rewarded after receiving the 1998 Senior Thesis Award. He has participated in many art shows that have been very successful. His art can be seen in galleries, stores, and homes all over the U.S.A., and from Germany to Japan. There is no medium that his work cannot be adapted to. Christopher will continue to be happy if many people can enjoy what he enjoys doing.