Whale Spirit

Artist: Rusiate Lali

Region: Rewa, Fiji

Medium/Type: Painting

Size: 76 x 76 cm

Catalogue Number: 9737RL

Price: Enquire

In this painting, Rusiate combines elements of the earth and the sea with the overall subject matter of caring for our world we inhabit and acknowledging that all species are interconnected.

Mother Nature reaches out in many ways. A human child is growing inside a large whale with human limbs, as does the large lizard underneath.

The foot of the lower right of the painting represents a farmer planting his seeds by way of organic farming. His decision is to go beyond pretend growth and back to the ways of the ancestors - to feel grounded just like they did in the past and have patience and wait for naturally growth.

At first the farmer is very proud of his work, as his hard work has finally paid off with the earth responding to the seeds he had planted.

Then much to the farmer’s horror, a wolf of temptation grows from the stem of his crop… the temptation to use chemicals to artificially enhance the crop greater, without much time.

Boxes symbolizing dissemination of information are carried on wings and all-seeing eyes float around the painting.

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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