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04 June 2015


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Dear Peter - Thank you so very much for your kind comments. It was such a lovely opening and wonderful to meet you and Rose and Mana Kuman. I'm looking forward to your visit to Sydney.

I'm pleased to let readers of PNG Attitude know that the exhibition will tour to Queensland venues from March 2016: QUT Art Museum in Brisbane, and then up to Cairns Regional Gallery, so do make sure you get along to see it and I'll hope to meet you all there!

Natalie is Curator of Australian & Pacific Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She is Curator of 'Painter in paradise: William Dobell in New Guinea', SH Ervin Gallery (2015-16) and Curator of 'Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands', AGNSW (2014) - KJ

The 'Painter in Paradise' exhibition has now moved to the Lake Macquarie Art Gallery at Woodrising north of Toronto. It is fantastic and well worth attending.

Natalie Wilson has done a brilliant job in bringing this exhibition together and bringing it to Lake Macquarie, which was of course Dobell's home as a self-confessed 'Wangi boy'.

As well as Dobell's masterpieces it includes many sketches, photographs and archival film from his 1949 and 1950 visits to the Highlands, as well as carvings and items of bilas.

There are wonderful Dobell oils of rainstorms over the Wahgi, Mt Wilhelm, Sepik fishermen, Lakatois in Fairfax harbour, beautiful Highlands women, and the Kanana ceremony (know as Karim Lek in Pisin.)

And not least were the great anecdotes by some of the local people who knew Dobell and his contemporaries. And some Margaret Olley works as well! (I never knew she visited PNG and painted Simbu women).

I was proud to accompany Mana Kuman and Rose and introduced them to Natalie as "Wahgi valley girls" who were very familiar with Nondugl where Dobell did some of his best work.

See it if you can. Natalie has done PNG and Dobell proud.
Wagai wei!

A great man who kept the past of PNG alive through his artistic feat for future generations to marvel.Salute.

The men and women in traditional regalia look more astute and healthy than the current generation with western rags roaming around in our villages and towns, looking as if just released from an underground prison, .

Folks, are we heading in the right direction with neo-liberal globalization?

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