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About the Artist: Fatu Feu‘u

About the Artist: Fatu Feu‘u Like Honey, by Fatu Feu`u, 2011. Mixed media on canvas, 102 x 101 cm. Photo courtesy of Warwick Henderson Gallery. The word "ola" means life and to create life. This painting merges these two concepts of ola--exploring the human capacity to love, hope, and grow in times of adversity. It was made when Feu`u, the first Creative New Zealand/Macmillan Brown Pacific Artist in Residence (1996), returned to the University of Canterbury in 2011 to complete a second residency. The paintings in the Ola series were produced during the residency as the foundation for a forthcoming publication of poems and series of lithographs. and emigrated to Aotearoa/New Zealand in 1966. While working in the textile industry, he taught himself to paint and sculpt, and in 1983 his first solo exhibition was hosted by the Massey Homestead in Mangere, Manukau. His fresh and energetic paintings contemporize motifs derived from customary art forms--frigate birds modeled after siapo (barkcloth) Photo courtesy patterns represent connections to the spirit world, of Warwick Henderson Gallery and tatau (tattoo) motifs symbolize chiefs and genealogy told through matai pe`a (chiefly tattoo), like his own. Feu`u's paintings are va`aomanu or vessels of knowledge that emphasize the importance of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

About the Artist: Fatu Feu‘u

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 27 (1) – Jun 5, 2015

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Like Honey, by Fatu Feu`u, 2011. Mixed media on canvas, 102 x 101 cm. Photo courtesy of Warwick Henderson Gallery. The word "ola" means life and to create life. This painting merges these two concepts of ola--exploring the human capacity to love, hope, and grow in times of adversity. It was made when Feu`u, the first Creative New Zealand/Macmillan Brown Pacific Artist in Residence (1996), returned to the University of Canterbury in 2011 to complete a second residency. The paintings in the Ola series were produced during the residency as the foundation for a forthcoming publication of poems and series of lithographs. and emigrated to Aotearoa/New Zealand in 1966. While working in the textile industry, he taught himself to paint and sculpt, and in 1983 his first solo exhibition was hosted by the Massey Homestead in Mangere, Manukau. His fresh and energetic paintings contemporize motifs derived from customary art forms--frigate birds modeled after siapo (barkcloth) Photo courtesy patterns represent connections to the spirit world, of Warwick Henderson Gallery and tatau (tattoo) motifs symbolize chiefs and genealogy told through matai pe`a (chiefly tattoo), like his own. Feu`u's paintings are va`aomanu or vessels of knowledge that emphasize the importance of

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Published: Jun 5, 2015

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