Laione o' TongaThe Laione (Lion) is one of the figurative symbols used to represent the King of Tonga.  This painting is my creative endeavour to show the position that the crowned King of Tonga – King George Tupou the 6th holds, as he reigns over the nation. A contemporary expression of depicting the Laione on indigenous ‘Tapa’ with my twist on the traditional “Kupesi” work, in celebration of the coronation of King George Tupou the Sixth – the sixth crowned king of Tonga.

Medium:  Traditional Tongo ink, special soil paint and acrylic on Tapa surface. Tongo ink is made from the extracted  fluid of Mangrove bark. The special soil used as paint is found only in specific places in the ancient island of Eua and in the past, it was used to wash hair. Tapa – is made by beating the bark of the Tongan Mulberry tree for hours, until thin strips finally flatten and stretch out. These pieces are then joined together firmly to form a canvas like surface.

Size: 23.3inches (length) x 38.3 inches (breadth)


I  can be commissioned to work on specific artworks/ designs/ murals/ logos.