PMVs in Moresby
PMV's in Moresby 2006
Acrylic on Canvas 130 x 80
PMV's in Moresby was painted by Andy Nombri in 2006 to depict life in Papua New Guineas Capital City Port Moresby. Andy was born in 1975 and is from Kundiawa in the Chimbu Province. In 1994 he moved to Port Moresby and first became interested in art in 1997 when he started experimenting and drawing "stick men" in ink on paper. Andy worked for the U.S. Embassy as a dispatch clerk for a period of ten years and it was there that he was encouraged to pursue his artistic career. Several Embassy staff saw Andy's work and admired his ability and gave him the confidence to continue painting. Andy's work is distinguishable by his use of sharp angles and extensive use of black and white. He now works mainly on canvas in oils and acrylic. He draws inspiration from his rich cultural heritage and complex rituals that make PNG unique. Andy strongly believes that the people from Chimbu possess a special gift. He speaks with passion and certainty that the Chimbu Province produces exceptionally gifted artists who also possess an innocence which is conveyed into the artwork. He tells a story of a group of foreigners visiting the Chimbu Province; a group of locals have drawn pictures and upon their completion throw them away, not giving them a second thought. The visiting foreigners retrieve them from the rubbish and are amazed and impressed by the level of skill and artistry that has been produced and then so nonchalantly discarded, exclaiming that there was "something special" in their work. Andy is proud of his heritage and this is portrayed through his work. Andy currently lives in Port Moresby with his wife and daughters young daughters, whilst Andy is now a full time artist.
The Kava Story…..well at least a small part of it!
Kava (piper methysticum) is a shrub that grows across the Pacific region. Noble kava has been cultivated by Pacific people of hundreds of years to possess higher levels of the beneficial kavalactones, the chemical compounds naturally found in kava plants responsible for most of the desirable effects of kava and only trace amounts (low enough to avoid toxicity) of flavokavains, which are harmful to liver and bladder health. Clever eh?!
It is non-alcoholic, non-opioid, and non-hallucinogenic.
Kava plays a central role in the social and ceremonial lives of many Pacific islanders and has done so for hundreds of years. Kava preparation traditionally includes grinding, grating or pounding the roots of the plant and then infusing with water. Kava drinkers appreciate the pleasant, warm, cheerful and relaxed feeling it provides.
These are exciting days for kava growers in the Pacific and for kava drinkers in Australia. We’re proud to be part of it as a way of building stronger and enduring connections between Australia and the Pacific.