Ikai Ha To’a ‘E Tu’u Tokotaha (No Man Is An Island) (2016)
500mm (Diameter), Acrylic on Cradled Wood Panel
Benjamin Work is a South Auckland-based artist of Tongan (Tu’anekivale, Vava’u) and Scottish heritage. He has a solid grounding in aerosol painting with his initial creative output centred around sub/ pop-cultural influences that emerged from North America in the 1970s – 1980s. Since then, Benjamin’s bold visual language references historical narratives, design elements and semiotics particular to Tongan culture. His diverse practice reflects the ‘here and now’. His work engages with the current cultural, political and social context of Auckland, Aotearoa and with contemporary local and international art and design contexts. Work has exhibited in a number of group and solo exhibitions including:
For King and Country, Bergman Gallery, Rarotonga, Cook Islands; The Glorious Children of te Tumu – Salisbury International Arts Festival, England; For King and Country – Ma’ae Tu’i o e Fonua, Māngere Arts Centre; Post-Graffiti Pacific, aMBUSH Gallery, Sydney; Toutouta, Olivia Laita Gallery, Auckland; I See Red I See Red I See Red, Fresh Gallery, Auckland; If These Walls Could Talk, Imperial Lane, Auckland and TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland; Louder – The Serigraph Pop-Up Exhibition, Studio 40, Auckland; Primary Flight: Art Basel, Miami, USA.
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