Description This watercolour was painted in 1979. It is a collection of images gleaned from various parts of New Guinea Island including carvings I photographed in the Sepik River area early in the 70s and village scenes from the Goroka area. I painted this 4 years after leaving PNG where I had lived and worked for nearly 6 years as the country moved from self government to full independence.These paintings are not meant to be factual representations of certain places but evocative of the whole region and are in particular designed to keep alive my personal memories of a most eventful period in my early career.
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.