Fatu Feu’u is an internationally recognised Samoan-New Zealand artist. He has been pivotal in shaping the interest in contemporary Pacific art globally and nurturing a generation of Pacific artists locally, leading to his reputation as the “Father of contemporary Pacific art”.
Fatu has recently joined forces with Specsavers to raise money for The Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand. Specsavers have produced beautiful limited-edition unisex frames, with imagery taken from a painting of Fatu’s ‘Rainforest Series’. The frames are due to be launched later this year, in conjunction with Fatu’s next solo exhibition at ARTIS on 25 August – 13 September.
Feu’u’s work is inspired by Polynesian art forms such as siapo (tapa cloth), tatau (tattoo), weaving, carving and ceremonial mask making. In these forms he uses a rich lexicon of motifs and compositional structures. His 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.
Feu’u’s paintings, prints, bronze & wooden sculptures and ceramics are held in numerous public & private collections around the world.