Shark Attack, 2017
This artwork “Shark Attack” is about protecting the shark species, which I am feeling very concerned about. Sharks are being killed in the Pacific during the course of climate change. All I can say is, for me as an artist,‘climate change’is real. I live in the forest, which is only five minutes from the shoreline… and I witnessing the water rising flooding our nation.
This painting is one of the key works by Rusiate Lali in the opening Climate Change in The Pacific exhibition for the London Pacific Fashion Collective fashion show (September 2017).
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…