The Pacific Islands proved a popular destination for art-lovers visiting the 12th International Cultural Industries Fair in the South China megacity of Shenzhen last week.
Pacific Trade & Invest had a booth at the fair, this year featuring art from Papua New Guinea — both traditional carvings and contemporary paintings. The art attracted much interest, as did the face painting for visiting kids.
PNG’s diverse cultures are little known in China, but PT&I China teamed up with PNG Tourism and the Shenzhen Government to bring a little of the Pacific to Shenzhen, following a successful Shenzhen business delegation to PNG earlier this year.
“We have been delighted to introduce Shenzhen businesses to PNG businesses, with early results including a recent partnership signing between Shenzhen Port and PNG Ports. Now we want to build understanding by introducing the cultures of the Pacific to Shenzhen and South China,” PT&I’s Trade Commissioner in China, David Morris said.
Next year another Pacific Island Country will be featured at the Shenzhen Fair, following a planned Pacific art promotion at Art Beijing 2017.
Nombri Temine is one of Papua New Guinea’s emerging artists with a distinctive personal style that represents the cultural diversity of his country.
Mr Temine was born in 1981 and attended a Catholic School until Grade Ten, displaying a natural talent for drawing and winning regular school art prizes. He did not, however, have the opportunity to attend Art School.
When he moved to Port Moresby in 2007, he was inspired to take up painting after seeing the thriving art scene in the capital city and believing that he had equivalent talent. Most of Port Moresby’s artists, like Mr Temine, have had no opportunity for formal training.
Mr Temine has had five exhibitions of his art at galleries in Papua New Guinea, as well as regularly exhibiting with local artists in Port Moresby’s daily art street fair.
His work has been widely acclaimed and recognized by being purchased and displayed in prominent corporate headquarters and public buildings in Papua New Guinea, including Mt Hagen International Airport, the lobby of the Port Moresby Holiday Inn and Port Moresby’s Crowne Plaza Hotel.