Fatu Feu’u

Samoa / Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1946
Samoan

Viiga Amuli (Adoration of Fertility Ritual by Day)

  • Purchased, 2003
  • Woodcut
  • 887 x 1480 x 25mm
  • 2003/96
  • 2001
earlier labels about this work
  • Painters As Printmakers, 19 October 2007 - 20 January 2008](http://christchurchartgallery.org.nz/exhibitions/painters-as-printmakers)

    Printmaking forms an important element in Fatu Feu’u’s oeuvre and has had a strong presence alongside his painting since he began working full-time as an artist in 1988. He often takes images from his paintings and translates them into lithographs or woodcuts – a medium particularly favoured by the artist for its similarities to traditional Samoan arts, particularly siapo (printed bark cloth). His skill in woodcut is evident in this work, where various symbols and motifs from Samoan culture, such as masks and flowers, are brought together.

    Feu’u was born in Western Samoa and emigrated to New Zealand in 1966. He is a prolific printmaker and admired as much for his skill in this area as for his work as a painter. He has produced prints in collaboration with Muka Studio in Auckland and Limeworks and PaperGraphica in Christchurch.