Music In Your Soul

Artist: Rusiate Lali

Region: Rewa, Fiji

Medium/Type: Painting

Size: 91 x 91 cm

Catalogue Number: FJ142RL

Status: Exhibition Fiji

This painting is called “Music in your Soul”. It talks about happiness, it talks about a warrior, this particular warrior is someone who had a troubled life.

He was a teenager growing up, especially growing up without a father, having to grow through life in difficult moments and having no-one to talk to. They meet particular people, who are represented in this painting… this symbolises people and the hands and it symbolises “Busomani”, which is a mythological creature. Isn’t she beautiful she is half human half heron and she has a tail of a mermaid.

Now the guitar in the painting the warrior is holding represents laughter love happiness and hope… which is what a musical instrument also represent.

And the man who is hugging the baby cow, he is saying in fijian “god loves you my son, god loves you”. 

The baby cow also represent a teenager growing up not knowing which direction to go or what to do, but no matter how hard he tried to be recognised, there is always someone, a mentor or a spiritual leader or a pastor constantly saying to the boy, that “god loves you my son”.

As you can see there is a bit of blue there coming and paper, that’s washed with a tapa design and mangrove ink. So it is a mix media using acrylic and mangrove and indian ink. And as you can see the warrior is days and days of just putting in the thoughts and slowly adding in the colours. And for a moment there I was fascinated by the Samurai warrior, that is the reason why I put that samuari warrior. Thank you very much.

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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