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Oceania at the RA

 

Here are some pictures from my visit(s) to the Oceania show at the Royal Academy.  The show marks 250 years since captain Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific.

a stylised human head holding a bird

The show is arranged in themes. The Nguzunguzu carving above is a canoe figurehead from the Solomon Islands which features in the first room along with canoes, paddles, maps and other voyaging art and objects.

There were some familiar works like the Papua New Guinea flute stopper above left and some things I’d never seen before like the fantastic necklace made of whale’s teeth, above right.

There are works from many parts of Oceania, contrasting the different styles that have evolved in different islands and regions. The first crocodile above is a canoe prow carving from Papua New Guinea while the second is from the Solomon Islands.

Styles vary within a region, such as the gods Ku and Lono from Hawaii above left and center, and from region to region— like the Papua New Guinea ancestor figure on the right.

The show is on until the 10th December so  there’s still time to go, don’t miss it!

Screen Printing

Ocean Scene

Here’s another screen print, based on an ocean scene with influences from Papua New Guinea carvings and patterns. I made several sketches before settling on the final design.

The first image is the final sketch on which the print was based. I scanned it, cleaned it up and did colour separations on the computer. Two stencils were exposed, allowing me to make a 2 colour variable edition.

The final image uses a colour blend on one layer to give another variation.

I currently have one available in my Artfinder shop.

Thanks for looking!