Description This watercolour painting depicts a group of siblings older brother sister and infant. The children in tribal life often are assigned the care of their younger siblings while the mothers work in the gardens and the men do mens things. Mothers on the other hand often continued breast feeding to the age of 4 or 5 years so the young ones would not be too far away from them.The pigs of course are also important parts of the family group representing wealth and prestige. This scene was based on a village near Goroka in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
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.