Printed with archival pigment ink on acid free premium grade cotton rag paper 310GSM, or premium canvas - Chromata LYVE - 415gsm finished with a high-performance liquid laminate U.V protective coating. Each print is embossed with my signature logo and hand signed.
Painted in early 2020 during times of great uncertainty, 'Pheonix du Fenua' is a symbol of hope.
After months of devastating bushfires, my Sydney studio surrounded by choking smoke, there was but only a few weeks of respite before the world went into Pandemic lockdown. This was a commissioned work. The need to create during these turbulent times forced me to channel more positive energy, and this painting, miraculously, transformed into a symbol of hope.
The Phoenix, depicted here as a woman, represents humanity rising from the 'ashes', (as in the myth). The ashes, being the mess we as a species have made of our world, our 'Fenua', the Polynesian word for homeland. The painting is of a contemporary Tahitienne, face lifted to the sky, eyes closed in faith. Her face is imbued with hope. The translucency of the paint reveals vintage images of a simpler time. They reflect an innocence and trust, these images were captured when the Tahitian people were on the cusp of losing their traditional way of life forever. The ultimate message in her face is of hope in humanity.