Description Papua New Guinea has more than 600 cultures and a seemingly infinite range of ceremonial dress traditions. Improvisation is also a large feature when preparing for special occasions.This however is a painting using mixed media that I did in1978 after I had left Papua and it was purely imaginary. I started drawing and began to ask myself how a PNG man might dress if trying to emulate the Brolga.This was the result and some traditional art forms are included taken from a variety of sources and modified to blend into the theme.
David Bleakley, Sunshine Coast Member Since November 2007 Artist Statement I am an Artist and Photographer who likes to experiment in many media including acrylics oils graphics etching and digital art.
I attend life drawing most weeks and have become a more active artist since retiring 5 years ago after 30 years as a Specialist Surgeon. --------
Art was always my passion but until these retirement years it was pushed into the background.My involvement in Surgery and Anatomy perhaps explains to some extent my bias towards the Human Figure, drawing and representational art but on the other hand not many surgeons have any artistic aptitude at all! -----
I lived in Papua New Guinea while training in surgery and regard this time as the most exciting and significant of my life. Every day was rich in experience.PNG was also rich in traditional culture with over 600 different language groups and endless material to stimulate the artistic appetite.