All Things Tiki: Art by Ken Ruzic
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.
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 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.