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Solomon Islands

In 2014 I held a studio in the Solomon Islands as part of an Art Haus Residency at the National Gallery of the Solomon Islands. This country (which is made up of hundreds of islands) is a truly remarkable and mysterious place. Despite my westernised view of the exotic, the experiences I had there have only re-inforced my view of the magic and astounding beauty of these Melanesian Islands.

Rock n' roll walking stick

carved iron wood and shell inlay

110 x 19 x 9 cm

This is a collaborative work with Solomon Island artist John Seda. John is an important figure in the Solomon Island art scene, he has work held in major museums and is often exported for the international market. He works primarily in wood carving.

detail

detail

John Seda and Joel Gailer

lino-cut on paper

35 x 35 cm

As well as collaborations I also produced some solo studio work.

 Attainment #6 (Paradise bird), 2014  acrylic on canvas  200x100cm

Attainment #6 (Paradise bird), 2014

acrylic on canvas

200x100cm

    Attainment #7 (Ed's Island)  unfinished   acrylic on canvas  90 x 200 cm

 

Attainment #7 (Ed's Island) unfinished

acrylic on canvas

90 x 200 cm

 This is one of the lovely ladies who showed me how they use printing processes in the Solomon Islands to make the Lava Lava

This is one of the lovely ladies who showed me how they use printing processes in the Solomon Islands to make the Lava Lava

 A typical banana leaf hut

A typical banana leaf hut

 A roadside market in SI with my host family

A roadside market in SI with my host family