Conserve for Tomorrow 1990 / 2000
Oil on board, wood, ceramics, sennit
200 x 742 cm
"This work is of my aspirations for Samoan culture to be conserved for tomorrow. It is a metaphor of Pacific warriors looking for land to people the pacific, in sailing canoes, taking their culture as they travelled; ceramics, lashing, carving, tapa (bark cloth) and painting all bound together and not being lost on the crossings."
Born and grew up in the village of Poutasi in the district of Falealili in Western Samoa. Feu'u has established an international reputation as the 'father' of Pacific Island art in New Zealand. He has exhibited in numerous exhibitions and has work in collections world wide.
I feel there is so much art to be made, so much to be said about being a Samoan New Zealander, so much to say to my children, my mother, the politicians. I paint about the issues that are important to me, anger, love, the land, conservation and our culture, my children."
1) Conserve for Tomorrow 1990 / 2000
Oil on canvas, wood, ceramics, sennit
3 panels: 200 x 154 cm each
4 carvings: 200 x 70 x 25 cm each
2) Pasifika Fou (New Pacific) 1999
Mixed media on canvas
180 x 280 cm
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