YES there really is a blue-eyed gecko. National Geographic identifies it as Smith’s green-eyed gecko but its eyes looks blue to me. And to Uncle John Bomai.
Uncle John captures the image beautifully in this painting. Just a snippet as my scanner isn't big enough to take in the whole work.
Who is Uncle John? Well he's a Simbu artist who can be found most days selling his works to tourists at the small street market outside the Holiday Inn in Port Moresby.
He's a relative of ours who studied under the famous Mathias Kauage but makes his living in the tourist trade.
A few year ago we walked into a hotel in Darwin on a baking hot afternoon and, lo and behold, there was a beautiful PNG painting hanging above the reception desk.
Rose cried out, “That's by Uncle John!” And so it was.
We talked to the manager who it turned out regularly travels to PNG to buy artworks. She said, “I saw this and just knew I had to have it. Your uncle is very talented.”
And, by the way, if you’re ever in that part of Mosbi, you can't mistake him - he always wears a leather broad-brimmed cowboy hat.
Next time you’re visiting, walk outside the Holiday Inn compound and look for Uncle John. For a few kina you can buy a painting of great beauty from an artist of international fame.