ʻUlu by Jon Apisa

‘Ulu oil painting


ʻUlu oil painting by Jon Apisa 06/17/2024

Jon Apisa. ʻUlu. 2024. oil on canvas, 48" x 48" (1121.9 cm x 121.9 cm).


‘Ulu oil painting by Jon Apisa.

The original artwork was inspired by ‘Ulu (Artocarpus altilis) which is the tree and fruit of what is commonly known as Breadfruit.

The composition of this artwork could be considered and envolution of the design for the ‘Ulu painting completed by Apisa 2003.

The design includes patterns that are abstract and symbolic.

The symmetry of the composition was also chosen with respect to designs of Hawai'ian Quilt patterns and Siapo Sāmoa (Sāmoan Tapa).

Although composition is similiar to those styles mentioned, the vast amount of leaves, may also be interpreted as a top view of the ‘ulu tree.

Although the green colors are dark, they reference the color of leaves seen on an ʻUlu tree.

Although the yellow is saturated, it references the color of the fruit from the ʻUlu tree.

Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) is known as:

  • ʻUlu in Sāmoa
  • ʻUlu in Hawaiʻi
  • ʻUru in Tahiti
  • Kuru in Maori language (Aotearoa)
  • Mei in Tonga

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