Fatu Feu'u On Life & Art
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.
In this book, Fatu shares his story, from wilful Samoan-village boy, to New Zealand factory-worker immigrant, to leader in his home communities and the global art world. His thoughts on art and life are woven into an inspiring tale that helps us understand not only what drives this artist, but what’s behind his art - how the bright colours, the frangipani, tā-tatau and siapo designs create a narrative of his past, present and future.
INTRODUCTION -- ACTS OF FAITH on his personal history and becoming an artist -- TALKING TO THE STONES on family, Samoan culture and responsibility -- THE DESIRE TO MOVE FORWARD on making art and what it means to be an artist -- APPENDICES -- Motifs -- Glossary -- Biography -- Artwork Credits.