BY KEITH JACKSON
THE CHILDREN'S UNIVERSITY of Music & Art, established by Peter and Lydia Kailap in 2007, has predominantly funded itself and its programs through the sale of greeting cards featuring Peter's unique PNG tribal art.
Peter was born at Badili in Port Moresby in September 1959 and is the eldest of seven children. His father was a surveyor and kiap from the I’are tribe in Gulf Province and Mum was a mix of Koriki (Gulf) and Keapara (Central).
He has been a musician since he was six years old and has been often referred to as the best bass guitar player in PNG. He performed with many PNG and international bands during his career.
It wasn’t until Lydia told him how good she thought his drawings were that Peter started to take it seriously.
Many people who see his work make comments about how it is “real but unreal”, as Peter blends reality with traditional patterns and his own unique tribal designs.
Now you can buy some of his art for yourself while assisting CUMA and its important work in Port Moresby’s Kaugere settlement.
The all-purpose cards are sold in packs of 10 different drawings, and blank inside so they can be used for any purpose.
They sell for $23 per pack of 10 cards (with envelopes) or $20 per pack for sales of 10 packs or more. They are available in 5 different colors - lime green, orange, fluro yellow, sunny gold and purple.
Orders can be placed by emailing Lydia and Peter at email@example.com and payment and delivery arrangements made.
THE CARDS (notes by Peter Kailap)
1 and 3 - Bush University – a father and son hunting together as Dad teaches his son about hunting and nature. This is the most popular picture so there are two in each packet.
2 - Kumul & Puk Puk – traditional emblems of PNG: the bird of paradise and the crocodile.
4 - The Warrior – a typical Baiso (from Baimuru) hunter with wild hair and his bow and arrow.
5 - Mother Love – a village woman carrying her baby in a bilum.
6 - The Beauty and Strength of a Woman – women carry the burdens of the family in reality and emotionally.
7 - Warrior with Bird of Paradise Head Dress – a tattooed warrior holding his spears and wearing a head dress made from the dried remains of a bird of paradise.
8 - Tribal Music – a kundu drum with a set of hunting spears.
9 - Bowman – a hunter poised with his bow and arrow.
10 - Bird of Paradise – PNG’s beautiful bird that defines our nation.