Samuel Tupou

LOW RESOLUTION DREAMZ

29 April - 4 June 2022

Samuel Tupou derives traditional patterns and colours from his Tongan and Polynesian heritage, to create vivid yet nostalgic works on canvas and board. Starting with ‘found photographs’ as his initial inspiration, Tupou obscures the selected imagery by pixelating and binding together grid-like patterns based on Pacific Island Tapa cloth design. The resulting images are strikingly abstracted. A close viewing of the works satisfies with a vibrant energy of geometry and colour. However, the essence of the original ‘moment captured in time’ remains embedded within the paintings, and with a slightly more distant viewing, the precious found memory can be revealed. These new works retain Tupou’s signature screen-printing technique while nostalgically exploring human memory and image recall.

Time keeps on drippin’

Samuel Tupou
Time keeps on drippin’, 2020
Serigraph and acrylic on paper. Paper size: 50 x 40cm | Image size: 40 x 39.5cm.
2AP + Edition 1-10/10 available.
$550 (unframed)

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Saturday night snail

Samuel Tupou
Saturday night snail, 2020
Serigraph and acrylic on paper. Paper size: 50 x 40cm | Image size: 40 x 39.5cm.
2AP + Edition 1-10/10 available.
$550 (unframed)

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It’s time

Samuel Tupou
It’s time, 2020
Serigraph and acrylic on paper. Paper size: 50 x 70cm | Image size: 39.5 x 59cm.
2AP + Edition 1-10/10 available.
$750 (unframed)

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Flowers for Zofia

Samuel Tupou
Flowers for Zofia, 2020
Serigraph and acrylic on paper. Paper size: 50 x 40cm | Image size: 40 x 39.5cm.
2AP + Edition 1-10/10 available.
$550 (unframed)

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1998

Samuel Tupou
1998, 2021
Serigraph and acrylic on board, 120cm x 180cm.
$5,500

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