Tsembaga, Simbai Valley, Madang District, Papua New Guinea 1940 – 1984
not titled [rat man]
Port Moresby, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea
Materials & Technique: drawings, ink; paper drawing in black fibre-tipped pen Support: thick white hot pressed paper
Manufacturer's Mark: watermark: lower edge, 'france - dessin J.a.-arches'
Timothy Akis lived in Papua New Guinea where he liked to draw images that came from his imagination. Notice how this rat man has heads on his paws with scary teeth, big ears and bulging eyes.
Look at the drawing inside the rat man. Akis has used his pen to create the fine detail inside the figure’s body and to colour the scales on the legs and tail.
Activity: Using a fine pen draw a figure that has human and animal qualities.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra