Boipren na gelpren tupela karim lek istap
Boipren na gelpren tupela karim lek istap (2007)
Acrylic on Canvas 70 x 95
John is talented Simbu province artist who derives from the Kerowagi region. He was born around 1966/67 and moved from his village to Port Moresby in 1989. His sister Elizabeth was already living in Port Moresby with her family, so John was able to move in with them. John's brother-in-law is none other than the revered PNG artist Mathias Kauage. It is abundantly clear where John garnered his inspiration from. Living under the same roof as the great artist, John was able to witness first hand the techniques and passion that went into a Kauage artwork. Some similarities are bound to occur in John's work, however he has formed his own style and although, as with Kauage's work, it is bold and colourful, it also has his own stamp of individuality. John's subject matter favours the native animals of Papua New Guinea including geckos and birds of paradise. He is also fascinated by the relationships between man and woman and focus's on these complex issues. John is married with 3 young children.
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.