Mine Tunnel, 2006
From Rusiate Lali Crossroad exhibition and just released from Gallery Gondwana private collection is his work ‘Mine Tunnel’.
The artist was working on this artwork when the news flash hit the airways about the Beaconsfield mine collapse in Tasmania (on 25 April 2006). This event was to trigger the emotional response by the artist of painting the white shaft of light in this work as a spiritual plea to the heavens for their safe rescue.
Stunning Melanesian Aesthetic Energized with Powerful Modernist Expression… Rusiate Lali is a man of his times. Coming from a long lineage of potters, carvers, tapa cloth and fibre artists, Rusiate is one of the most exciting and provocative artists to exhibit at Gallery Gondwana. In 1999 he was named 'Contemporary Fijian Artist of the Year' - his work was a sensuous mix of past and present, myth and reality. With a number of solo and group exhibitions under his belt, and a body of work that continues to grow, evolve and surprise, every new exhibition is eagerly anticipated. His step into the high end fashion world of London in 2016 saw his experimental pieces adorned the catwalk models, then the Spring/Summer fashion show in Alice Springs the same year, saw his paintings transformed into wearable art and fashion. The following year 2017 saw his London Exhibition Climate Change in the Pacific as the opening of the 13th London Pacific Fashion Week…