Simon Gende’s paintings are a humorous commentary on society

Papua New Guinean artist Simon Gende was born in Gere in the Gembogl district of Chimbu province and is from the Kuman language group. Inspired by fellow Chimbu artist, the late Mathias Kauage, he began painting in 1989 and is now one of Papua New Guinea’s most respected artists. Gende is known for his paintings…

How culture binds Australia and Papua New Guinea

Yesterday marked the close of ‘No. 1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966-2016‘. This was a landmark exhibition, the first in Australia to exclusively explore contemporary Papua New Guinean art. The exhibition showcased Papua New Guinea’s vibrant art world for new audiences in Australia who are not often exposed to the rich artistic traditions…

Out of sight: Australia in Papua New Guinea

Last year saw Papua New Guinea celebrate 40 years of independence from Australia, but few Australians know the history of the colonial relationship between the countries. It’s time we embraced our closest neighbour writes Sean Dorney. In a book published earlier this year, a Lowy Institute Penguin paperback called The Embarrassed Colonialist, I argue that…

No.1 Neighbour

Fifty years of contemporary visual art in Papua New Guinea, with a focus on the country’s relationship with Australia, is explored in a major exhibition opening at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) from 15 October 2016 to 29 January 2017. No.1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966–2016 will delight audiences with bold colour, towering…