Description This is a mixed media painting in which the central face is an oil painting using a heavy impasto technique and also mounted in relief against a background that includes charcoal on paper and encaustic (wax) giving this background a transluscent mat finish which contrasts with the more glossy varnished oil painting.The eyes when seen in the enlarged image will attract your immediate attention.Click on the Image to see the enlarged version.The original is 12X16 in.Contrary to most peoples impression this is a painting of a girl dressed and painted for a 'Sing sing' ceremony. I saw one of the last genuine highland ceremonies that were called Pig Exchange ceremonies. This was in the Baiyer River Region west of Mt Hagen in the Highlands and was in 1964 when I was still a Medical Student. Thousands of dancers walked in for a week or more to the Baiyer River air strip where they danced for 3 days and nights. This was before the days of tourism to the area.
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.