Turukawa, representing the Spirit, the land and identity, watches over us - reminding us not to forget where we come from and to continue to respect traditional values even when located in a more contemporary context.
In this work the artist’s story is very hopeful and evolves in a counter clockwise direction from the clashing images at the bottom of the painting all the way around to the newly built constructions at the centre conveying the evolution of our consciousness from the disharmony and confusion of today’s troubled world into a more peaceful and harmonious world.
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…