Graphics by Timothy Akis, Papua New Guinean artist 1970s
The Collection includes eight drawings and prints by Timothy Akis, a pioneer of the first generation of contemporary Papuan artists. The drawings were produced in Georgina Beier’s studio in Port Moresby in the 1970s.
Timothy Akis (c. 1944 - 1984) is the first contemporary Papua New Guinean artist. His drawings emerged outside of any artistic tradition, either indigenous or western. They are utterly original, fresh, delicate and personal. In the 1060s, working on plantation in Simbai Valley, Akis made little sketches to help anthropologists with identifying plants and animals. Brought to Port Moresby, he was encouraged to work in the studio of Australian artist Georgina Beier. In six weeks Akis produced a good number of astonishing drawings, 40 of which were exhibited in the University Library in February 1969.
Later Akis lived in his Tsembaga Village in Madang Province, but periodically came to Georgina’s studio in Port Moresby where he continued making drawings and prints. He regularly exhibited his work in the National Art School in Papua New Guinea’s capital and in number of overseas exhibitions, including United States of America, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Australia and The Philippines and posthumously in France, Germany and Australia. Akis inspired other Papua New Guinean artists, including Mathias Kauage, pioneering the first generation of contemporary artists in his country.
By appointment Australian Museum
1970s; Contemporary art
Artworks; Drawings; Paintings
Madang Province, Papua New Guinea