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Uso Tolu Print

sheyne tuffery

New Zealand

Printmaking, Screenprinting on Other

Size: 19.7 W x 27.6 H x 0 D in

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USO TOLU screen print edition of 75 I am the 3rd of 5 brothers.Uso Tolu is Samoan, for brother three, or third brother Being of mixed race Samoan/ European New Zealand gave me the platform/ fuel to express my anxiety/ confusion of my identity. This became more pronounced when my Samoan Mother asked me to become a remote chief of her village, back in Samoa, when I was currently living in New Zealand. Uso Tolu points towards that time in my life when I was looking at archival etchings of chiefs/ warriors of the South Pacific. Notably exploring artist John Webber's voyages with Captain Cook. Uso Tolu appropriates an image of a warrior from that time, although the artist for this image is unknown. I was exploring the romantic notion of a South pacific Chief through these old etchings, and the immense anxiety I felt becoming a Matai (chief). This a screen print with an edition of 75

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Printmaking:Screenprinting on Other

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:19.7 W x 27.6 H x 0 D in

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Sheyne Tuffery is a Wellington based Visual Artist who uses a range of art forms to facilitate his visions of Pacific urbanisation.  Sheyne received a Bachelor of Visual Arts from AUT in 1995 and his Masters of Fine Arts (honours) in 2000 from The University of Auckland. He is perhaps best known for the dynamic style of his themed woodblock prints of South Pacific Architecture and the Ornithology of Aotearoa .Tuffery describes himself as a paper architect who uses his work to create and represent his own cultural context and sense of belonging. “My art started from the non-identity of my mixed heritage background (Palangi/ Samoan) to evolve into a surrealist vision of South Pacific Patterns, structures, symbols and paper architecture.” His new work explores the fragility of Earth's ecosystems to investigate whether there is spirituality in science.

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