Posts from the ‘Le Malelega A Le To’elau Art Auction’ category

Benjamin Work

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.

More info: benjaminwork.tumblr.com/

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Siufaga Catholic Church / Ladies in Church, April 2016
Digital prints, 297x420mm, framed

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Ha’apai Church (2013)
Digital prints, 297x420mm, framed

Vea Mafile’o (Tongan/Maori/Scottish/English) has produced installation art and exhibited extensively throughout the Pacific. She is a  director on television productions such as “Fresh”, “Tagata Pasifika” and the web series “coconettv”. She produced and directed short films, which includes award winning `Aho`eitu at the Sydney Film festival 2015 and selections for Malorilands and the Hawaiian International film festival 2016. She had art directed many short films in including 6 x short films which were Peter Jackson wild card winners for the 48hour competition and Feature film ‘Finding Honk’. In 2011 Vea was nominated for the prestigious International Signature Art Prize (SAPB) .Her work Monomono2.0 was exhibited at the prestigious Venice Biennale 2015.

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Home: InsideOut (2016)
Digial print, Hahnemühle FineArt paper, 841 x1189mm, unframed

Home What is; seen & not seen, shared / not shared, private / public, comfortable and uncomfortable, right / wrong, appropriate and inappropriate, culturally acceptable & culturally offensive, socially desirable or socially outcast, parental approval or parental shame…

Emily Mafile’o (Tongan / Maori / Scottish).
South Auckland proud, originates from H-town.
Influenced by Nan Goldin, Mafile’o photographs what she sees and experiences; her world. She explores the idea of time/ta, space/va and personality. She seeks to evaluate the mundane/ ordinary, creating a chance for talanoa…

 

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