AMONGST the possessions left by the late artist and sculptor Hal Holman – which include so many of his own works of art – was one of his own most recent acquisitions, a large canvass by one of Paoua New Guinea’s most famous artists, Mathias Kilage.
At the request of Hal’s wife, Jo Holman, PNG Attitude is pleased to be able to offer this work, Elekopta fly antap (pictured here), for auction to assist provide money for what we’ve named the Holman Book Fund.
There’s information about the auction process below.
The Fund will ensure that Papua New Guinean authors can obtain supplies of their own published books sufficient to sell or to otherwise distribute, thus completing the cycle of getting PNG-authored books to PNG readers.
The painting on offer is a large Kauage acrylic on canvas measuring 116cm square. It is signed ‘Kauage Mathias OBE PNG Artis 2000’.
There are wooden battens at top and bottom, the top batten including two hooks for hanging.
Mathias Kauage OBE (1944-2003) was born in Miugu, Simbu Province, and is PNG’s best-known contemporary artist. His work was exhibited widely in in Australia, Europe and Africa and is held in many public and private collections around the world.
I have managed to find three recent sales of much smaller paintings than the one we are auctioning at prices of up to $1,300.
1 – Make your offer by emailing PNG Attitude here, including your name and postal address
2 – If you are not successful in the auction you will pay nothing
3 – We will advise the successful bidder and unsuccessful bidders of the auction result
4 – There is a reserve price on the painting. We will let you know when this has been reached
If this auction is a success, Jo Holman has indicated that some of Hal Holman’s works will be donated for future public sale by the same means as part of the Holman Book Fund.