Roots Finding Water, 2007
Rusiate’s high spirited visual language combines the colour palette and elements of traditional tapa designs used by his ancestors with allusions to various forms of popular culture: film, design and music.
The large bird of the right hand side of the painting is Turukawa, representing the Spirit, the land and identity, watches over us, reminding us not to forget where we come from.
He discussed the importance of color and titles to his work and he explained that titles are like poems because they create a mental picture; they tell stories like songs do. Titles have the power to create imagery that can be evocative of many different sorts of cultural meanings, and with color there can be a mystery as to its association.
This painting was awarded 1st prize in the 2007 Art Competition at the Allliance Francaise, Suva, Fiji.
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…