Artist Statement

Welcome! My name is Kristian Gallagher and I am the founder of Modern Tropical, a design and illustration brand. Modern Tropical was born in Honolulu, a city perfectly suited to my artistic style. It’s filled with classic polynesian motifs and mid century architecture. Living in Hawaii means that inspiration is literally everywhere, though I also keep my eye on current trends.

In keeping with my philosophy that variety really is the spice of life, my style is a mashup of many styles that I have been drawn to over the years. Watercolor, ink, photographed textures, and vector elements are the most common. My process varies depending on the complexity of the piece; sometimes I hand draw a detailed sketch for reference. Other times I start by focusing on one element and a general concept.

While I explore all subjects, the most prominent in my work are related to summer and nature. My work is available worldwide from my online store. To be notified of new releases, sign up for the insider’s email list.