21K ‘Kaleidoscope’ art exhibition

Guests take a look at artworks on display during the art exhibition in Suva on Thursday night. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Guests take a look at artworks on display during the art exhibition in Suva on Thursday night. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Update: 12:56PM THE 21K Gallery hosted its first group art exhibition for the year last Thursday night, titled ‘Kaleidoscope’ which featured works of both established and aspiring artists.

Josua
Toganivalu who had joined the industry professionally 20 years ago said the
journey for artists would be difficult in the beginning.

“Being an
artist is a beautiful journey and it’s going to be hard in the beginning but
don’t give up its going to pay off in the end,” Mr Toganivalu said.

Mr
Toganivalu’s pieces portrayed the earth colours and he said that it represented
our culture.

“These
pieces on display tonight took over a period of six months to complete , the
pieces on display are artworks that I have collected and those paintings
portray our culture and where we come from.

 “I
like working with those tapa motive patterns that you see in my painting and
mixing it with my own designs,” he said.

Director of
the 21K Gallery William Toganivalu said that engaging with schools was
important because it would make them aware of the gallery.

“Part of us
being involved with schools is to make people aware of the existence of this
place  and the importance of art.”

Mr
Toganivalu added that although students were encouraged to follow the
mainstream career he would still encourage students to have art as a hobby.

“A lot of
students are always encouraged to follow the more mainstream career path but
you don’t have to have art as that you can have art as something on the side
that you can do as a hobby in fact even art therapy is used to deal with trauma
and that is something that we?d like to advocate here in Fiji,” Mr Toganivalu
said.