Tribal Contemporary Art Portraits – Papua New Guinea


#Contemporary Art

Pic: Luke Stringer.

While I have been away from this blog I have been painting and creating other projects. I am sharing these short post and images especially for my blogger friends and followers. Thank you for your continued support. It is good to see some of you here already.

One of the the themes that has become part of my contemporary painting style and signature are the tribal Papua New Guinea (PNG) portraits. While these artwork take me a long time to paint and require research and specific layering to stay true to the authentic ‘bilas’ (traditional decoration and representation of the tribes), I really enjoy the process of painting these.

I have been through the cultural process myself while growing up in Wagang Village, Lae, Morobe Province. I grew up with feathers, magic leaves, bones, shells and all the beautiful natural materials you use to create special costumes. I made my own bilas and danced with my people for many years prior to moving to university to study away from home.

My love for intangible and tangible cultures of my people and the aesthetic beauty for each area in province in PNG continues through these contemporary creative exercises. I hope you like these and please share them if you want to. If you want such portrait done, comment here or email me on jkleahyart@gmail.com for sizes and prices. All work posted here are copyrighted.

Oro Beauty (Fiona Stringer). JKLeahy©

“Simbu Princess” Cleo Kambolz – J.K. Leahy©

5 thoughts on “Tribal Contemporary Art Portraits – Papua New Guinea”

  1. You are just too good my sister. I hope you are well. Planning a trip to visit you soon.

    On Wed, 3 Nov 2021, 2:54 pm Tribalmystic Stories, wrote:

    > tribalmysticstories posted: ” #Contemporary Art Pic: Luke Stringer. While > I have been away from this blog I have been painting and creating other > projects. I am sharing these short post and images especially for my > blogger friends and followers. Thank you for your continued sup” >

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  2. I am very excited about putting this fantastic piece of art displayed in our home once we finish renovating. I have always admired your work since the very first time I met you all those years ago in Port Moresby, you truely are gifted! This piece is very meaningful to me and it will always remind me of where I come from and who I am.
    Fiona Stringer

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  3. WOW !! Absolutely Love this Portrait, I actually messaged Fiona and complimented her and saying that you have done such an Incredible capture in Oro Culture and Artwork- Beautiful work as Always – Tenkyu Tru !

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