Turukawa - Look Do Not Touch (Stamps of Consciousness series), 2004

Artist: Rusiate Lali

Medium/Type: Painting

Size: 25 x 31 cm

Catalogue Number: 8337RB

Price: 285.00


In this series of small paintings, the artist encourages us to walk lightly on the earth.

The large bird of the right hand is Turukawa, representing the Spirit, the land and identity. He watches over us, reminding us not to forget where we come from.

Rusiate has placed his River House – the Lali Room close by.

This work is from the ‘Stamps of Consciousness - Vignette’ online virtual exhibition (2004) 

MY WORK  My work is based on mythology, legend and religion set against the everyday events that cloud the mind today. I want to question my life in this world and also the next world, I feel my work is the expression of my voyage of discovery. I would like to share this voyage with you
Coming from a place so small to the big city - where everything is laid out on a silver platter - a rich dinner party, I focus on remaining conscious, and making good choices.
The stamps of consciousness are moments remembered on this journey - stamped on the brain the emotions.

Rusiate Lali

Region: 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…

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Please phone Rusiate Lali to book a visit his studio.
It is located in a beautiful environment on a farm 10 minutes from Nausori airport, 45 minutes from Suva.
Pick ups from airport can be arranged.
Fresh juices from the farm await your arrival.

A wonderful opportunity to meet one of the most exciting artists of the Pacific Islands.
Selection of artwork available and commissions accepted.


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