Description The original is a 30X22in mixed media painting in egg tempera over painted in oils and finished in an impasto style. I lived for 5 years in Papua New Guinea as they went from self-govt to independence and in one generation from a stone age world of more than 600 language groups and cultures to the modern world. I was a trainee surgeon and university lecturer at that time but always practicing my art interests on the side and now more full-time. This painting evokes in a imaginary constructed way some of the rich culture and atmosphere of this fascinating country. The colors are warm and low key with a rich glow.
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.