Fatu Feu'u

Fatu was born in Western Samoa in 1946 but moved to Auckland, New Zealand at the age of twenty. He worked through a series of jobs in the textile industry before committing himself as a full time artist in 1988. Feu’u has been consistently interested in traditional Pacific motifs and designs drawn from carving, tapa painting and tattooing but has combined these in a contemporary format and means of expression. He has made regular research trips to Samoa, the States and Europe pursuing the balance of Pacific and Western influences. Fatu works with a variety of media including stone carving, rug design, stain glass and printmaking but the base of his work is painting. In 1992 he won the Gordon Harris Printmaking Award and in 1995 the James Wallace Art Award. 1996 saw him Artist-in-Residence at the MacMillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury and in the same year he won the Pacific Island Artists Award. Fatu Feu’u has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and has been included in significant exhibitions internationally also.