12 May, 2006
Local artist shows talent
The paintings of homegrown talent, Fred Whippy, will be on display after 21 years. The exhibition will be at the Alliance Francais today. Born in Lautoka, Mr Whippy's first exhibit was in the United States in 1964 and the last one in the country 25 years ago. With no formal artistic training, Mr Whippy became the country's best known artistic talent to date. In 1964, he was the only exhibit internationally with his pastel cuts travelling around North America where every single piece was sold. In 1971, French airline sponsored a showing of Mr Whippy's work in oil in Los Angeles. When he returned a year later, there was a queue of collectors waiting for his pastels with his experiment on oil. Mr Whippy won second prize at the Smith Art Prize in 1972 and the Carlton Brewery Fine Art Award in 1973, 1980 and 2003. He captures the essence of Fijian village life with women doing pottery, fishing, woodfire cooking and meke.