Timothy AKIS, not titled [bird in flight] Enlarge 1 /1

Timothy AKIS

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

not titled [bird in flight] [[one of] 4 bird drawings (Australian Museum listing)] (1969) Place made: Port Moresby, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea
Materials & Technique: drawings, drawing in thin black fibre-tipped pen Support: thin white Merino Bond paper
Manufacturer's Mark: watermark upper right corner, 'Merino / Bond'.

Primary Insc: no inscriptions.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: no inscriptions.
Dimensions: image 19.8 h x 16.8 w cm sheet 30.3 h x 21.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Ulli and Georgina Beier Collection, purchased 2005
Accession No: NGA 2005.222.15
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 is often referred to as Papua New Guinea’s first professional contemporary artist. He began drawing to help communicate ideas that he couldn’t express in the Pidgin language.

Akis liked to draw the animals that inhabited his world.  These two images of birds are drawn in fine detail with a fibre tipped pen. One of the birds is a recognisable bird form, while the other looks like a crescent shape with legs.

Activity: Using a fibre tipped pen create an image of a fabulous bird from your imagination.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra