ARTIS welcomes Fatu Feu’u, who joined the Gallery in 2017.
Fatu Feu’u is a renowned artist, acknowledged as both a leader and mentor within the Pacific arts community.
Fatu grew up in the village Poutasi in Western Samoa, immigrating to New Zealand in 1966. Exhibiting since the early 1980s, he became a full-time artist in 1988. He is a multi-media artist and while primarily a painter, he explores a range of other mediums including bronze, wood and stone sculpture, pottery design, lithographs, woodcuts and glass works.
Fatu’s work details his personal responses and interpretations of oral histories, myths, stories, songs, traditions and political events in and about Samoa. He gains inspiration for his works from Polynesian art forms such as siapo (bark cloth), tatau (tattooing), weaving, carving and ceremonial mask making. In these forms he has discovered a rich lexicon of motifs and compositional structures. Fatu’s works frequently blend traditional and contemporary elements, incorporating a range of influences, inspirations, techniques and motifs from Samoa and Aotearoa and more generally from Euro-American to Pacific cultures.
Fatu’s work is included in a number of prestigious national and international collections including the National Gallery, Brisbane; Auckland City Art Gallery; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington and Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton. His work is also included in an extensive number of private collections in New Zealand, Australia, United States of America, England, Holland, American Samoa, Western Samoa and Japan. Fatu has exhibited in major group exhibitions including Le Folauga, 2007, Auckland Museum and Samoa Contemporary, 2008, Pataka, Porirua.