Meet Solomon Islands artists in Auckland


<strong>Pacific Trade &amp; Invest’s</strong> New Zealand offices have facilitated an art show by Solomon Islands artistes at the Pacific Showcase at Auckland’s World Cup event venue this week.<!--more-->

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PT&amp;I and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat have successfully promoted initiatives in indigenous art to achieve economic development of artisan communities around the islands region.

Fred Oge and Brian Feni – self taught and accomplished visual artists – will be showing their skills at the Pacific Showcase from 11 to 3pm on March 2 and 9 – both Saturdays. Firm friends between them, the duo has exhibited in the Solomon Islands, China, Russia, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and American Samoa.

As younger generation visual artists who combine their traditional knowledge with experimental and classical styles, their works reflect their passion for their culture and their concern for the effects on marine life and the ocean. Brian was a professional footballer but now earns a living through selling his art. As a youngster he imagined he could paint as well as the master painters.

The Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Auckland, has afforded a unique opportunity to meet with Fred and Brian at centre on Auckland’s Wynyard St from 6 to 8pm on Tuesday March 5. While PT&amp;I sponsored their visit to New Zealand to raise awareness of the extraordinary natural creative talent of Solomon Islands arts and artists, Akateretere Arts of Auckland helped coordinate the activity.