For the first time, the splendid art works of the man who designed the Papua New Guinea crest, Hal Holman OAM, have been made available in a limited series of four numbered prints featuring selected images of PNG subjects.
Haldane Sinclair Holman is famous in Papua New Guinea, having been a commando in World War II and returning after the war as senior artist for the PNG Government.
Many of his artworks and sculptures are to be found in Port Moresby, including busts of PNG's six Prime Ministers since Independence that grace the grounds of Parliament House and a bronze of Queen Elizabeth II at Government House in Konedobu.
Hal’s sculptures can also be seen in the Botanical Gardens and on the Supreme Court building. His largest work is the five metre high stainless steel Bird of Paradise that dominates Sir John Guise Drive in Waigani.
Hal Holman has been associated with PNG for nearly 70 years and still visits frequently (he has returned from his most recent trip just in the last few weeks).
In the course of his visits, he has produced hundreds of oil paintings, pastels and watercolours - landscapes, portraits, flora and fauna. His real passion is seen in his images of the Bird of Paradise and his impressions of the heroic features of the indigenous people of Papua New Guinea. Hal’s paintings and drawings are in private collections and in galleries throughout the world
The price of each of the originals runs into thousands of dollars, but these quality prints, at $50 each, are indistinguishable from them. They’re A2 size and printed on 200gsm art board. They are supplied unframed and dispatched in mailing tubes.
You can order prints from Clive Troy at this email address, or phone him on 02 9868 2123 or write to PO Box 23, Thornleigh 2120, Australia.
Photos: Two of the outstanding prints from the Holman Collection - 'Central Highlander' and 'Red Bird of Paradise'