Jesus Holiday’s in Rarotonga
Acrylic on Canvas, 46cm x 61cm
First shown in METAMORPHIS – Group show, BCA – Beachcomber Contemporary Art, Rarotonga 2011
I love this painting by Rarotonga-based Samoan painter, Nanette Lela’ulu.
Meeting Australian photographer, Gary Lee was the highlight of my time in Rarotonga. I have had a special love affair with Lee’s work since I bought the 2005 issue of Artlink with his image, Shaba on the front cover. Working with Samoan filmmaker and emerging artist Tanu Gago, we have discussed Lee’s work at length in recent months.
The August 2010 issue of Art Monthly Australia, themed ‘OzPasifika’, was launched on Tuesday 10 August at BCA Gallery to coincide with the opening of TOP16 a solo exhibition by Janet Lilo curated by Ron Brownson. It’s an excellent issue that feels very special, including great profiles of Torika Bolatagici, Lisa Hili, Chantal Fraser, Maryann Talia Pau and Eric Bridgeman. It’s refreshing to see another Australasian art publication providing space for Pacific and indigenous writing and response.
Gary Lee, you so rocked my world!