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 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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STUDIO PRACTICE: TEXAS

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 

TEXAS STUDIO
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Plantersville, Texas, 77363

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