Timothy AKIS, not titled [rat man] Enlarge 1 /1

Timothy AKIS

Tsembaga, Simbai Valley, Madang District, Papua New Guinea 1940 – 1984

not titled [rat man] (1969-71) Place made: 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'

Primary Insc: signed, lower right within image in black pencil, 'AKIS'. not dated. not titled.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: no inscriptions.
Dimensions: image 74.0 h x 55.6 w cm sheet 76.4 h x 55.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Ulli and Georgina Beier Collection, purchased 2005
Accession No: NGA 2005.222.19
Subject: Collection: The Georgina and Ulli Beier collection of contemporary Papua New Guinea prints and drawings, 1968-1990, acquired 2005. Papua New Guinea, Art style: Contemporary, From 1968
  • Collection of Ulli Beier (1922-2011) and his wife Georgina Beier (born 1938), who lived and taught in Papua New Guinea 1967-1971, where they encouraged and facilitated the production of these works.
  • Purchased by the National Gallery of Australia, from Ulli and Georgina Beier, Sydney, April 2005

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