Just arrived: a consignment from London - repatriated works by Pat Hanly, Gretchen Albrecht, Louise Henderson & Robin White to name a few - some of which included in Collectable Art 4 July and others Important & Rare Art 8 August #pathanly#louisehenderson#robinwhite#gretchenalbrecht
"The sea is our pathway to each other and to everyone else, the sea is our endless saga, the sea is our most powerful metaphor, the ocean is in us."
- Epeli Hau’ofa
A beautiful exhibition 'Siu i Moana: Reaching Across the Ocean' at the @ngvmelbourne showcasing the powerful living art form of Tongan 'ngatu' (painted barkcloth), made from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree. 🍂🍂
Created by Robin White, Ruha Fifita, Ebonie Fifita and Keiko Ma’asi, this floor-based 'launima' ('gnatu' of huge length) was inspired by the Tongan design of the Hala Paini (Pathway of Pines) that represents the road leading from the King’s palace in Tongatapu to the royal tombs. Stylised motifs include a dove bearing a symbolic olive branch, a hybrid coat of arms and the black taxi of the Tongan King, whereas the Israeli jet fighter alludes to the constant threat of war.
'Seen along the avenue (from the Ko e Hala Hangatonu: the Straight Path series)' (2105-15) is currently on view in the exhibition 'Siu I Moana: Reaching Across the Ocean' at @ngvmelbourne.
#contemporaryart#robinwhite#ruhafifita#eboniefifita#keikoma ’asi #ngv#nationalgallerymelbourne#siumoana#reachingacrosstheocean#launima
National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne . The pièce de résistance in an intimate ,stunning show devoted to Pacific Island contemporary bark paintings based on traditional visual practice . This wall hanging / floor piece measures some 25 metres and contains imagery both local and global , drawn from symbols of war and peace . Maori artist Robin White and Tongan artist collaborator Ruha Fifita worked with a Tongan village team who must have spent long creative hours repeating the patterns on specially prepared bark cloth . #robinwhite#mulberrytree#barkpaintings#nationalgalleryofvictoria#maoriartists#pacificislandartists
National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne . Pacific Islands exhibition, focussed exclusively on bark cloth work made from the inner lining of paper mulberry trees . Robin White , a Maori practitioner in New Zealand (born 1946 ) , seems to be the central artist working collaboratively with artisans from Tonga amongst other islands - in this stunning , intimate exhibition . This particular piece is credited to Robin and two other New Zealand based Tongan artists . The patterns are created as rubbings with hand painted areas . The result is a precious, large scale contemporary work with strong links to ancient traditions of image making #pacificocean#nationalgalleryofvictoria#melbourne#pacificislands#newzealand#barkpaintings#mulberrytree#robinwhite#maoriartists#tonganartists
Eating afghans after installing Robin Whites beautiful and mysterious work, "The Crimson Sea", at the Pop up gallery, the work is currently on show at the NGV, missing the big guy today. Photograph taken by Robin White #petermcleaveypopup#robinwhite#misscrab