Nanette Lela’ulu

‘Painting has always been my place of solitude and peace.

It was after my Grandmother Iliganoa Lela’ulu passed away in the late 1980’s that I truly began to explore the emotional places painting took me, looking deeper into the feelings behind the layers of paint.

I have been exhibiting solo since 1996 and participating in group shows since 1990 in New Zealand, Europe, New Caledonia and Rarotonga. I’ve always had a fascination with painting people, but have recently begun to paint miniature landscapes of Rarotonga.   I enjoy the intimacy of the smaller size.

In 2006, I was awarded the Creative New Zealand | Cook Islands Ministry Of Cultre Artist in Residence in Rarotonga.  I also received my Masters of Arts in Therapy, with First Class Honours.  In 2012, I received first class honours for my Clinical Masters of Arts in Therapy.

Rarotonga became my home in 2012.’

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2015: Bloody Mosquitos, LBV, Rarotonga.
    2013: Passing Glimpses, BCA Gallery, Rarotonga.
    2012: RESPECT, BCA Gallery, Rarotonga.
    2011: Snapshots of Rarotonga from the back of my Bike, BCA Gallery, Rarotonga.
    2010: In the House of my Heart, The Art Studio, Rarotonga.
    2008: Dusky Vixens, Oedipus Rex Gallery, Auckland.
    2005: Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Salamander Gallery, Christchurch.
    2001: If Theres Something To Be Stolen, I Steal It, Oedipus Rex Gallery, Auckland.
    2001: Sorrowful Scars Become Us, Oedipus Rex Gallery, Auckland.
    2000: The Silence Within, Oedipus Rex Gallery, Auckland.

Group Shows

  • 2018: MPA#1, Bergman Gallery, Rarotonga.
    2013: To Be Pacific, Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne.
    2012: Cook Islands Pacific Forum, BCA Gallery, Rarotonga.
    2011: Metamorphis, BCA Gallery, Rarotonga.
    2009: Pan Pacific, Hawaii.
    2008: Samoa Contemporary, Pataka Museum, Wellington.
    2007: Measina Fa Fafine, Art Station, Auckland.
    2007: The Artist Room, Dunedin.
    2006: The Annual Vaka Eiva Show, The Art Studio, Rarotonga.
    2005: Alchemy + Meaning.
    2004: Fatu I le ele’ele (seed of the earth), Whitespace Gallery, Auckland.
    2003: A Tribute To Western Samoa, Salamander Gallery, Christchurch.
    2000: Contemporary Art Biennial, Tribaou Cultural Centre, New Caledonia.