Artists

Jeke Lagi

….. perfecting my painting technique a day at a time ….. I have been influenced by many different ideas. I see ideas in the intricate grain of the smallest breadfruit seed or piece of wood. Even a simple word from a conversation can create the feeling of a painting in my mind. I find ideas in the simple lines of nature; the colors I use are also reflective of nature.

Place of Birth: Fiji


Jeke Viwalu Lagi (also signs his name Jeke V Lagi) is a Fijian born self-taught artist, who is also a member of the Red Wave Collective. His personal interest include “perfecting my painting technique a day at a time.”

I have been influenced by many different ideas. I see ideas in the intricate grain of the smallest breadfruit seed or piece of wood. Even a simple word from a conversation can create the feeling of a painting in my mind. I find ideas in the simple lines of nature; the colors I use are also reflective of nature. 

I always felt different in my thoughts and being the person I am. I always do the opposite of others. At a young age, I fiddled with copper wire and plasticine to create figures and scenes from Robinson Crusoe. I also began drawing; it was a small hobby of mine that really developed when I was in high school. Sketching is something that I feel is part of my family. As a carpenter my father sketches out his projects before he begins. My brothers and cousins are always sketching anything from comic figures to city scenes. As a student I got questioned when new graffiti appeared in the school but because of that same reputation I was awarded a prize for being ‘Senior Artist’. The prize was my first sketch book. By the time I was in Form 6, my mother recognized my skill and interest in art and she brought me to the Oceania Centre, I came to the Centre each day after school. My first impression of the artists was that they were genius and I was just a student, by far the youngest artist. 

When I received my first A3 piece of canvas I was awestruck; same with the first time I held a paintbrush because I had never experienced this kind of art. During my first workshop I tackled a 2x2 meter canvas; I was the last artist to finish because it took a lot of time to express my ideas on canvas. That painting was about the 2000 coup. A politically influenced piece, it represented how Fiji stood alone while other countries tried to tell us what to do. I painted this by a face with no ears. The wrinkled up face looks back suggesting the suffering of Fijian people at that time.

Since then I have been influenced by many different ideas. I see ideas in the intricate grain of the smallest breadfruit seed or piece of wood. Even a simple word from a conversation can create the feeling of a painting in my mind. I find ideas in the simple lines of nature; the colors I use are also reflective of nature. 

Since my first workshop my style and the colors I use have developed into another level. Most importantly, I have learned how to hold a paintbrush and, now, when I see a blank piece of canvas I have a feeling of what I am supposed to paint on it. When I get close to the canvas, my pencil does the talking. I still sketch as a hobby; it takes my mind off of my daily routines. 

For a time I was only painting part time but then I realized that the other jobs were not taking me anywhere, I was simply sitting and watching people pass by me. I realized that my life has more meaning if I paint. Now I am committing to my art. I am concentrating on my painting and I hope that it continues to develop. I see myself doing more in the future, perhaps even some sculpture. 

One of the moments that drives me is from my first exhibition with the Red Wave Collective when a top artist told me that I was not good enough. What I do now is a response to that; that response is developing in the sense that my pictures and style are never still. I am always thinking of different ways to apply my ideas so that I can explore new ways of projecting my images. I love seeing the expressions on people’s faces when they see my work. My greatest reward is to see their enjoyment. My art makes people wonder about how I create and causes them to ask me questions. 

I continue to create and strive to develop my art to make my mother proud of me because she had the insight to bring me to the Oceania Centre to become the artist I am today.

Source: Jeke Lagi Art Works Facebook page


Exhibitions


Artworks for sale

Looking to purchase works by this artist but can’t see what you’re looking for? We can source artworks for you.

Contact Us


Sold artworks

LOADING….

If you have any specific questions about this artwork please email us at info@gallerygondwana.com.au. Be sure to include the catalogue number in your email.


Alternative Contact

Gallery Gondwana 
(Est. 1990)

(by appointment only)  ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870 AUSTRALIA 
ABN 75 009 652 046

PO Box 3770, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0871

P: +61 (0)417 274 431 
P: +61 (0)417 757 475 
E: admin@gallerygondwana.com.au 

Gallery Gondwana Fiji
1st Floor, 11 Industrial Road (Cnr Beach Rd),
DENARAU ISLAND NADI FIJI 
TIN 12-38001-0-5

PO NMK345, NAMAKA FIJI

P: +679 751 9704 
P: +679 906 8863 
E: admin@gallerygondwana.com.fj