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All Things Tiki: Art by Ken Ruzic

A drawing of a tiki mask7 (from 100 Tikis series)

Ken Ruzic is a California-based artist who specializes in all things tiki. Drawing on a background in graphic design and commercial art, the artist produces densely detailed two dimensional works as well as designs for mugs and other drinking ware. 


A tiki-style bowl with custom design and ultramarine blue glaze'Eka 'eka bowl with Ultramarine Blue Glaze (collaboration with Tiki Farm)

 

I really enjoy the overall aesthetic of Ken’s art portfolio. The artist is great at balancing a slightly dark, mysterious atmosphere with high energy figures and bright, complex colour schemes. The overall atmosphere of the artist’s portfolio evokes island mythology and folklore, seen through a psychedelic lens. 


A screen capture of Ken Ruzic's art portfolio websitewww.kinnyruzic.com

 

A recent collaborative exhibition, Beyond the Planet of the Gargantuas, draws on the aesthetics of 1950s and 60s B-horror and sci-fi films to spin a humorously nostalgic atmosphere. The paintings in this exhibition gallery are incredibly detailed with abstracted and figurative forms, painted in the lush greens and blues of the deep jungle.


A painting of a complex tiki-styled scene with deep blue huesThe Underworld Expedition, acrylic on artboard


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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