Friday, October 27, 2006

Fijian paintings - sails by Whippy and Whippy and Borg

When browsing 'Fijian paintings' I found designs by Ben Whippy, Barbara Whippy and Jane Borg - designs on sails. The site is artok - but back in 2000 I think.


Pandabonium said...

Those are really beautiful. I wonder how big the originals are.

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

I would assume that the sail designs are very large.
Jane Borg is an Australian who went to Fiji in 1990 and maybe is still there? Some of her portraits of Fiji people are on
Ben Whippy lived for many years in Melbourne teaching art, pottery, and the last I heard was that he resided in north Australia as an artist/teacher in an Aboriginal community.

Anonymous said...

jane borgs sail is the top, ben whippys' sail is the middle and barbaras' is the last .
The sails are quite huge. They are more or around 20 metres in length. janes sail represents polynesia, bens sail represents melanesia and barbaras' represents micronesia.
barbaras' sail tells the story of the migration of the micronesian people to their islands. the inside centre design represents the women, it shows the traditional female tattoos of the area. the front is a micronesian totem and each of the designs are originals from each island.
I'm glad you like (Barbara Whippy)

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Some of the art work coming from Pacific Islanders is really beautiful. Thanks for your comments and explanation. There are some lovely paintings coming out of the Oceania Centre at USP also.

bathmate said...

It looks so good in the post.
Many thanks for your nice posting, I like it.

Anonymous said...

Hi, these sails now hang in the Te Vainui O Pasifika gallery at Melbourne Museum. They've been on display for about 15 years now.