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Warrioredit For the first time, the splendid art works of the man who designed the Papua New Guinea crest, Hal Holman OAM, have been made available in a limited series of four numbered prints featuring selected images of PNG subjects.

Haldane Sinclair Holman is famous in Papua New Guinea, having been a commando in World War II and returning after the war as senior artist for the PNG Government.

Many of his artworks and sculptures are to be found in Port Moresby, including busts of PNG's six Prime Ministers since Independence that grace the grounds of Parliament House and a bronze of Queen Elizabeth II at Government House in Konedobu.

Hal’s sculptures can also be seen in the Botanical Gardens and on the Supreme Court building. His largest work is the five metre high stainless steel Bird of Paradise that dominates Sir John Guise Drive in Waigani.

Hal Holman has been associated with PNG for nearly 70 years and still visits frequently (he has returned from his most recent trip just in the last few weeks).

BOP2edit In the course of his visits, he has produced hundreds of oil paintings, pastels and watercolours - landscapes, portraits, flora and fauna. His real passion is seen in his images of the Bird of Paradise and his impressions of the heroic features of the indigenous people of Papua New Guinea. Hal’s paintings and drawings are in private collections and in galleries throughout the world

For further works visit Hal's website here.

The price of each of the originals runs into thousands of dollars, but these quality prints, at $50 each, are indistinguishable from them. They’re A2 size and printed on 200gsm art board. They are supplied unframed and dispatched in mailing tubes.

You can order prints from Clive Troy at this email address, or phone him on 02 9868 2123 or write to PO Box 23, Thornleigh 2120, Australia.

Photos: Two of the outstanding prints from the Holman Collection - 'Central Highlander' and 'Red Bird of Paradise'


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Craig Peterson

I am interested in PNG painter Vic Pasco and any information about him.

Also very keen to see if there are any paintings, prints or stamps available for sale.

Victor was my uncle (my mother’s brother) and the family has very little information about his time in Papua New Guinea.

Anything that can be provided would be appreciated.

John Stitt

For Steve Medhurst.
Would be interested in Original Birds of Paradise paintings by Vic Pascoe. What do you have? Are you selling?

Steve Medhurst

I have 12 Vic Pascoe originals to sell. All of birds of paradise. Bought in PNG. Some on canvas, some on board. Also 5 David Willis originals.

Shonagh Kiddle

I have a large original pastel of Hal's, circa early 1970s, a gift for my mother Kaye, who recently passed away. It is of a native mother and child in classic 'madonna and child' pose. Stunning!

Naeb Bruenjes

We met Hal in 1975 in Port Moresby. At this time he had started painting a very big picture.

In the middle of the picture was a paper boat, and I guess it was him sitting in it.

Maybe he finished this picture? I don't know.

We were crewing the sailing yacht "Stoertebeker" out of Germany.

Hal complete the painting, which is much loved and still in his possession on Queensland's Gold Coast. At 90, Hal is in good health and continues to paint and sculpt - KJ

Timothee Graze

I am in possession of an original pastel drawing of a Major Mitchell cockatoo presented to Mr and Mrs Glenn Johnston in 1981. What would the value be for insurance purposes?

Maureen Henderson

My husband and I knew Vic Pascoe when we lived in PNG 1977-79 and bought two of his earlier works, paintings of masks.

Harry Topham

I have a set of five postcard size colored lithographs of Birds of Paradise produced from painting by former PNG artist, Vic Pasco.

Does anyone out there have any information on this former PNG artist?

Joan Pape

Hal - I have a painting of the Red Bird of Paradise, bought from your sister who ran a wonderful restaurant in Port Moresby in the late 1970's.

I bought at an earlier time, we were told, and its the first of your Bird's of Paradise They are often admired.

For interest's sake, I would like to know the value of such paintings for insurance purposes.

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