I have always been fascinated by art as a child, especially paintings. One of my maternal uncles is a painter. I loved his paintings of island sunsets and local scenary with a coconut tree or trees in the foreground or the background are a common feature of his works.
Over the past 30 years or so my interest in paintings has grown tenfold and I have started to do a little bit more than just look. I’ve start investing in some of these gorgeous pieces of creativity. Each time I see PNG artwork whether its oil on canvas or watercolours etc I feel sentimental and awestruck at the sametime. Something about them moves me. These are spiritual works. They come from the heart where the eye of any creator rests – I believe. It’s what inspires and motivates artists. A spiritual expression bubbling from a well-spring of imagination that forms a symbiotic relationship with one’s environment.
About a month ago, I was alerted by a good friend overseas of the Luk Save Art Exhibiition at the Royal Papua Yacht Club in Port Moresby. She very kindly put me in touch with one of the organizers who called me about details of the Exhibition and where I could find it .
Well, I went along and although a small exhibition compared to others I have seen, I feasted my eyes on these creative works of PNG artists and artists who have been ‘born’ in PNG – meaning that their artistic pursuits have been awakened in this country.
I felt privileged to have visited the Luk Save Art Exhibition and thank you PR for the contact and AA for the friendly welcome.
I wondered around for sometime admiring the works with my camera clicking away…you have to see them for yourself. These are rare sightings of beauty because there are not many exhibitions around that showcase these beautiful works but I am determined that this will change.
The different styles and themes are mind-blowing. Thank you to the Luk Save organizers for this great initiative and thanks to NASFUND for helping our PNG artists – PNG’s very own Picassos, Gaugins, Monets et al.
One important thing I didn’t do was to take down the names of the artists so my very sincere apologies for this oversight. I’ll definitely do that next time. For a great write up on this Exhibition check out this blog.