Meet the Artist: Telly Tuita

Telly Tuita

A Tongan multi-disciplinary artist never afraid to experiment and develop his practice, beautifully combining tradition with the contemporary.

Telly’s work was in SALTWATER/Interconnectivity
at Tautai Gallery
15 October 2020 – 30 January 2021

Telly Tuita was born in Tonga in 1980 and immigrated to Brisbane, Australia in 1989. In 2017, Telly immigrated to Lyall Bay, Wellington, NZ. Telly has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Western Sydney University, a Bachelor of Art Education from the University of New South Wales, and a Masters in Special Education through the University of Sydney. Telly has been and a High School art teacher, a Special education teacher and an Assistant Principal at Green Square School primary school and community centre (2015 – 2017).

Telly Tuita Tautai
Telly Tuita

After working in education Telly returned to art making, full time. Telly Tuita’s art practice encompasses painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, photo media and performance. He has exhibited in exhibitions in Australia and New Zealand, and has work in the collection of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

Telly’s installation titled I LEFT MY HEART IN TONGPOP showcases ten years of a body of work that carries the spirit of Oceania.

“I collect items and iconography that connect with personal narratives and idealised views of places from the past.”

Telly Tuita
Telly Tuita | Interconnectivity
TongPop Wanga 1, 2019 – Digital Print

Telly Online
Instagram: @tellytuita

More Information:
SALTWATER/Interconnectivity has now ended.

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