Group exhibition: Of Spirit and Splendour - Barkcloth Art of the Ömie - Art Collector

Vivian Marumi, Rosuja, 2012. Natural pigments on barkcloth, 185 x 83cm. Courtesy: the artist and ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore

Of Spirit and Splendour showcases a stunning selection of new work by artists from across the remote Ömie mountain villages around Mount Lamington in Oro Province, Papua New Guinea.

Ömie art is renowned for its rich and complex expression of abstract symbols pertaining to the natural world as well as to ancestral tattoo designs. Created primarily by senior Ömie tribeswomen, the barkcloths or nioge are the outcome of a long period of apprenticeship. Powerfully tactile, the nioge that feature in this exhibition are made from veils of beaten tree bark, which are then painted in earthy palettes of colour made from bush dyes. Following on from three exhibitions in the United States in 2012, including prestigious museum shows at the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles and the de Young Museum in San Francisco,
Of Spirit and Splendour reveals the phenomenal breadth of this traditional, contemporary and living visual art form.

Opening: 7.30pm Wednesday 13 March 2013
Exhibition closes: 20 April 2013
Location: ReDot Fine Art Gallery, 39 Keppel Road, Gallery 9 Unit #01-05 Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065
Contact: +65 6 222 1039

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