Gallery showcases works of art

Matt Young, closest to camera, and Graham Ovenden Young view artwork on display during the art exhibition in Suva on Thursday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Matt Young, closest to camera, and Graham Ovenden Young view artwork on display during the art exhibition in Suva on Thursday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

CONCERNED about the lack of dedicated space for artists to showcase their work, William Toganivalu, decided to take the plunge and opened 21K Gallery.

He said one of the biggest challenges for local artists was the ability to find a permanent space to show their pieces.

And he knew this first-hand because of conversations with his brother, renowned local artist, Josua Toganivalu.

“My brother often shared with me the difficulties artists faced and the idea to establish a gallery actually began with our discussions,” he said.

William asked Josua to bring together local artists who were willing to work together and not only showcase their work locally but also at international exhibitions.

“We brought together some of Fiji’s top artists and this included my brother Josua, Mason Lee, Loga Vuidreketi, William Bakalevu, and Anare Somumu and started the gallery.

“Since its inception in May last year, we’ve had four exhibits so far.”

The 21K Gallery hosted its first group art exhibition for the year titled “Kaleidoscope” on Thursday which featured works by established and aspiring local artists.

Josua, an artist for the past 20 years, said his pieces were a representation of Fijian culture which also delved into the origins of the iTaukei people.

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