Samuel Tupou

SITE SEER

3 November – 25 November 2017

SITE SEER is a recent body of work that furthers Queensland artist Samuel Tupou’s experiments with colour, patterning and form. The exhibition will showcase colourful serigraphs that explore themes of migration, culture clash, decoration and value, with particular focus on elements that unite the Pacific, such as recurring design motifs, traditional patterning and the convergence of cultures. Tupou employs patterns inspired by traditional Pacific Island Tapa or bark cloth, set against the stylised images and wildly artificial colours of western pop culture.

“The artist and viewer are intertwined as site seers within this exhibition, travelling across times, cultures, and places in defining Samuel Tupou and pinpointing the world they inhabit.” – Simon Brigden, catalogue essay.