ARTIS welcomes Fatu Feu’u, who joined the Gallery in December 2017.
Fatu is a renowned Samoan artist, acknowledged as both a leader and mentor within the Pacific arts community.
He grew up in the village of 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. His 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. Work by Fatu is also included in an extensive number of private collections in New Zealand, Australia, USA, 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.