Tavarua Kava Ghosts Too X Four

Original Artists proofs and numbed editions” © 2021 | Painting Size: 100in” x 176in” (254cm x 447.04cm)
Hand painted limited edition mono-print on the finest archival hot press cotton rag paper with hand torn edges.

Tavarua Kava Jazz Series

“TAVARUA KAVA GHOSTS” is “memories of the feelings” represented in vibrant color and intuitive brush strokes and is part of the “TAVARUA KAVA SERIES.” In Fiji and in other island cultures in the South Pacific, a Kava ceremony is a centuries old ritual carried out in just about every village you might have the opportunity to be invited to visit and participate in.

I was fortunate several times to present to Chief Druku Of Tavarua island a Kava offering. The kava ceremony focuses around the communal Kava tanoa (bowl). Guests sit in a circle around the bowl which is placed in front of Chief Druku. The ceremony commences with the actual production of the kava. The plant is pounded and the pulp placed into a cloth sack and mixed with water. The end result is a brownish colored liquid – the Kava gold. It is then strained and ready for drinking. Your host will offer kava as high tide (full cup) or low tide (half cup). When presented with the kava, clap once and yell ‘Bula!’ (Fijian for hello). Drink the kava in one gulp if possible, clap three more times and end with the word Maca – pronounced ‘Ma-tha’.Finally, once you have finished your kava, you will feel a delightful sense of serenity and calm, with a slight numbness around your mouth, lips and tongue. A kava ceremony is always fun and full of laughter and smiles. Is is a true indicator of Fijian culture. This is why Fijians often serve kava to settle an argument or to make peace between villagers.

TAVARUA KAVA GHOSTS TOOxFOUR
© 2021 | 100in” x 176in” ((254cm x 447.04cm) Unframed image size
Oil, oil stick, military and industrial enamels on acid free 100% cotton rag paper. Painted in 2021 in the Texas studio.
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TAVARUA KAVA GHOSTS TOO
© 2021 | 44in” x 100in” (111.76cm x 254cm) Unframed image size
Oil, oil stick, military and industrial enamels on acid free 100% cotton rag paper. Painted in 2021 in the Texas studio.
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TAVARUA KAVA CEREMONY

TAVARUA KAVA CEREMONY
© 2019 | 108in” x 156in” (274.32cm x 398.78cm) Unframed image size
Oil on birch panel with a micro-layer clay ground hand vanished. This painting comes in a hand carved, hand finished, hand waxed by the artist mahogany frame. Its stunning. Painted in 2019 in the Texas studio.
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Tavarua Cloudbreak
© 2020 | 108in” x 156in” (274.32cm x 398.78cm) Unframed image size
Acrylic on paper painted on hand torn archival cold press cotton rag watercolor paper. Giclée edition of 25 also available.
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Tavarua Cloudbreak At Dawn
© 2020 | 42in” x 42in” Unframed image size
Acrylic on paper painted on hand torn archival cold press cotton rag watercolor paper. Giclée edition of 25 also available.
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Tavarua Kava Ghosts

TAVARUA KAVA GHOSTS
© 2019 ~ 2021 | 42in” x 82in” Unframed image size
Hand painted limited edition mono-print on the finest archival hot press cotton rag paper with hand torn edges. Each one is slightly different and is an original on it’s own.
First painted in 2019 in the Texas studio ending in January of 2021.
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Tavarua Kava Surfer Chief Druku
© 2020 | 22in” x 30in” Unframed image size
Hand painted artist proof mono print, oil, conte crayon, graphite on the finest archival hot press cotton rag oil paper with hand torn edges. Giclée edition of 25 also available.
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Tavarua Kava Surfer Waisake-Ratu
© 2020 | 22in” x 30in” Unframed image size
Hand painted artist proof mono print, oil, conte crayon, graphite on the finest archival hot press cotton rag oil paper with hand torn edges. Giclée edition of 25 also available.
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Tavarua Kava Surfer Aca Lalabalavu
© 2020 | 22in” x 30in” Unframed image size
Hand painted artist proof mono print, oil, conte crayon, graphite on the finest archival hot press cotton rag oil paper with hand torn edges. Giclée edition of 25 also available.
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Tavarua Kava Surfer Eddie
© 2020 | 22in” x 30in” Unframed image size
Hand painted artist proof mono print, oil, conte crayon, graphite on the finest archival hot press cotton rag oil paper with hand torn edges. Giclée edition of 25 also available.
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Tavarua Kava Dancer No. 1
© 2020 | 22in” x 30in” Unframed image size
Hand painted artist proof mono print, oil, conte crayon, graphite on the finest archival hot press cotton rag oil paper with hand torn edges. Giclée edition of 25 also available.
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Tavarua Kava Dancer No. 3
© 2020 | 22in” x 30in” Unframed image size
Hand painted artist proof mono print, oil, conte crayon, graphite on the finest archival hot press cotton rag oil paper with hand torn edges. Giclée edition of 25 also available.
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Tavarua Kava Dancer No. 2
© 2020 | 22in” x 30in” Unframed image size
Hand painted artist proof mono print, oil, conte crayon, graphite on the finest archival hot press cotton rag oil paper with hand torn edges. Giclée edition of 25 also available.
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Tavarua Kava Dancer No. 4
© 2020 | 22in” x 30in” Unframed image size
Hand painted artist proof mono print, oil, conte crayon, graphite on the finest archival hot press cotton rag oil paper with hand torn edges. Giclée edition of 25 also available.
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BLM Freedom of Assembly, Though & Speech
© 2020 | 44 in” x 54in” Unframed image size
Hand painted artist proof mono print, oil, conte crayon, graphite on the finest archival hot press cotton rag oil paper with hand torn edges. Giclée edition of 25 also available.
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Tavarua Kava Series

Read About The COVID CHAOS Series

COVID CHAOS SERIES
These paintings depict a range of emotions experienced from fear, isolation to anger, rage to joy and celebration.

I am thunderstruck I did not catch the virus after 2 weeks of non-stop museum parties, gallery opening and social events during “New York’s Armory Week” held the first two weeks of March in 2020.

Shortly thereafter I returned to the Texas Studio and these works started to materialize during the early days of 2020 lockdown and isolation.

As the world shut down - I painted.

My isolation, the initial lockdown was in the Texas studio, 20 miles from the nearest services and over a mile and 1/2 to my nearest neighbor.

We all witnessed the confusing news reports, rumors and false information running rampant over all the social media channels made for anxious times. Details seemed to change by the hour.

The work again evolved while in lockdown in Manhattan. New York City was truly a ghost town, empty, streets filled with blowing newspaper … on my flight during the most challenge days in April of 2020, there were 3 people on my plane and more jets were parked on the tarmac than cars in the parking structure.

In Manhattan, people would avoid eye contact, cross the street when walking to maintain a perceived safe distance. Gloves, masks, hand sanitizer and binge watching became the norm. Groceries were incredible difficult to obtain - unbelievably we had supplies shipped in from Texas by family members.

And through it all a sincere since of impending doom and chaos from a silent invisible killer that was promoted as such by our government, medical experts and trusted news outlets.

Influenced greatly by Picasso and his iconic painting Guernica (which is a relevant today as it was in 1939) Matisse and his dancers and his colorful paper collage, the post war New York Abstract Expressionist, traditional Pacific Islander fabric decorations to my time leading graffiti art gangs in Los Angeles in the mid/late 80s all resonated and swam in my subconscious while making these works.

Some small and immediate (11” x 17” | 27.94cm x 43.18cm) to very large paintings (100” x 176” | 254cm x 447.04cm) on paper mounted on canvas or birch panels.

These works capture the anxiety filled days and nights during the early days of the pandemic and the fear and monotony of lockdown through the anger and rage of the demonstrations and riots that burned out storefronts (I witnessed first hand in New York City) to the highly divided political climate of the past years, the dysfunction of the election and insurrection at the United States capital.

Today, we are starting to celebrate, and dance, and exercise, and run and feel life again. A new hope, or if you will, an effort to make the most of “right now” before whatever may comes next.

Look deep into these paintings and look at the figures intentionally facing 4 equal directions and then replicated against the ever changing intentional and emotional brush strokes in Red and White, the intentional shapes and accidentals that create startling commentary.

COVID Chaos Series: Use Of Color

“COVID CHAOS” AND WHUAN
Color in Chinese culture refers to the certain values that Chinese culture attaches to colors, like which colors are considered auspicious (吉利) or inauspicious (不利).

The Chinese word for "color" is yánsè (顏色). In Classical Chinese, the character sè (色) more accurately meant "color in the face", or "emotion".

If you look closely at the intuitive brush strokes you will see the above characters.

Color was generally used alone and often implied sexual desire or desirability.

During the Tang Dynasty, the word yánsè came to mean all color. A Chinese idiom which is used to describe many colors, Wǔyánliùsè (五颜六色), can also mean colors in general.

: RED :
: INTENTIONALLY CHOSEN :
: IRONIC USE :
: COVID VS WHUAN :
Red or vermilion, corresponding with fire, symbolizes good fortune and joy.
The opposite was true for most of us during the pandemic.

Red is found everywhere during Chinese New Year and other holiday celebrations and family gatherings.
All gatherings and celebrations were canceled

A red envelope is a monetary gift which is given in Chinese society during holiday or special occasions. The red color of the packet symbolizes good luck.
Most felt the dramatic financial impact of the pandemic and again all gatherings and even for many work was stoped.

Red is strictly forbidden at funerals
Many family members, friends and associates were lost to the pandemic. Red in these works symbolizes blood, loss, war the operating room… doctors with blood on their white gowns.

In modern China, red remains a very popular color and is affiliated with and used by the government.
Some believe the virus was developed in the Wuhan lab - and covered up by the Chinese government.

: WHITE :
: INTENTIONALLY CHOSEN :
: IRONIC USE :
: COVID VS WHUAN :
White, corresponding with metal, represents gold and symbolises brightness, purity, and fulfilment.
For many the opposite was true.

White is also the color of mourning. It is associated with death and is used predominantly in funerals in Chinese culture.
I witnessed first hand the field hospitals and make-shift morgues in Central Park.

Ancient Chinese people wore white clothes and hats only when they mourned for the dead.
I witnessed first hand the field hospitals and make-shift morgues in Central Park. I chose it to represent the cleanliness of the operating room and traditional gowns by physicians.

These paintings depict the range of emotions experienced from fear and isolation to anger and rage to joy and celebration.

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2018~2020 STUDIO PRACTICE

Robert Santore operates studios in Montgomery County Texas and Manhattan's Upper West Side.

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STUDIO PRACTICE: Manhattan

2018~2020 STUDIO PRACTICE

Robert Santore operates studios in Montgomery County Texas and Manhattan's Upper West Side.

Robert Santore

Studio Practice 

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