Tsembaga, Simbai Valley, Madang District, Papua New Guinea 1940 – 1984
not titled [long bird with four legs]
[[one of] 4 bird drawings (Australian Museum listing)] (1969)
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 lower left edge, 'Merino / Bond'.
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