Artist: Mathias Kauage
painting | crylic on canvas | 1500:1800 | 1988

Regarded as a founding figure of modern and contemporary art in the Pacific, Mathias Kauage was known for his exuberant painting style. The suite of drawings presented here features an assortment of fantastical-looking chimeric creatures, people and animals, as well as childhood events – such as the memory of seeing a helicopter. Made in 1969 – the same year that Kauage witnessed his first art exhibition – these drawings represent some of his first attempts at art-making. While many of Kauage’s early drawings drew from the Chimbu myths of his own culture, it would be his paintings of life and political events in Papua New Guinea, especially from the time he spent in Port Moresby, that came to define him as an artist.


Singapore Biennale 2019 - Every Step In The Right Direction | 2019.11.22 - 2020.03.22 | Asian Civilisations Museum(Singapore, Singapore) | Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay(Singapore) | Far East Plaza(Singapore, Singapore) | Gillman Barracks(Singapore, Singapore) | LASALLE College of the Arts(Singapore, Singapore) | National Gallery Singapore(Singapore, Singapore) | National Library of Singapore(Singapore, Singapore) | National Museum of Singapore(Singapore, Singapore) | Singapore Art Museum (SAM)(Singapore, Singapore) | SMU de Suantio Gallery(Singapore) | W!LD RICE @ Funan