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!

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Tiki Tea Light Holder

Well, it’s been awhile since I posted on here but I haven’t been idle…

plain wood tea light holder I found this tealight holder in a charity shop and decided to make it a bit more interesting.

decorated tea light holder I don’t know what wood this is; looks like pine but has a fine grain.

There were some troublesome knots…

After toying with the idea of rubbing white pigment into the incised areas, PNG style, I went for a darker finish to match the original stain.

I was able to pierce the top row to let the light through, as seen here.

tiki tea light holder 3The final result. Thanks for looking, more updates to come!

Fisherman’s God

Hi all,

here’s my attempt at carving a Fisherman’s god or ‘Tang’ as Tiki fans like to call them. This is a bit of a classic Tiki carving which has been done by many carvers in the past and is regularly the basis of Tiki mugs and artworks.

You can even see it on the cover of The Future Sound of London‘s Single ‘Papua New Guinea’ even though the fisherman’s god is actually from Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.

This is the first Tiki I’ve carved that is a direct copy of a real sculpture. Normally I take an influence from here and there and try to put my own spin on it. This was more difficult as there was no room for improvisation.

Mine’s anatomically correct unlike some that suffered at the hands of the missionaries that collected them…

Thanks for looking!