The Art of Tiki is a passionate study of the Tiki idol as an art form. For the first time, contemporary Tiki art is united and presented equally with what inspired it, original mid-century Polynesian pop. Author Sven Kirsten combines his first-hand experiences in exploring the birth of Tiki style with his intimate knowledge of the Tiki Revival, painting a vivid, visually arresting portrait of a unique, always new art genre.
The Art of Tiki is published in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary Tiki Art Exhibition at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles.
” While Polynesian Pop is considered kitsch, Kirsten approaches the subject with an authoritative and historical perspective like nobody else.” — The Atomic Blog
Sven Kirsten was born in the the German port town of Hamburg in 1955. He emigrated to California in 1980 to study at the San Francisco Art Institute and the American Film Institute. It was this love for visuals that inspired Sven to collect and photograph the remnants of the forgotten culture of Polynesian pop in America, leading him to identify the Tiki as its icon. His three books on the subject put Tiki firmly on the map of American pop culture, and are regarded as the standard works on the style.
9″ x 11″ Hardcover
200 pages, full color