As a tribute to my beautiful country, I have tried to combine the traditional with the contemporary through this painting. The outer most boundary is representative of the look of hand-woven mats that are a part of every Tongan household. The letters have the traditional Tongan design – “Kupesi“ etched onto them, while the background of “TONGA” is filled with my expression of contemporary island flavour.
Medium: Traditional Tongo ink and special soil paint 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: 10 (l) x 23.5 (b) inches
Price: On request
I can be commissioned to work on specific artworks/ designs/ murals/ logos.