100.000 x 80.000 cm.
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Paradise Bird Of Papua
Painting - Winton Oil Color On Canvas
The birds-of-paradise are members of the family Paradisaeidae of the order Passeriformes. The majority of species are found in Papua New Guinea including West Papua and its satellites, with a few in the Maluku Islands and eastern Australia. The family has forty-one species in 14 genera. The members of this family are perhaps best known for the plumage of the males of the sexually dimorphic species (the majority), in particular the highly elongated and elaborate feathers extending from the beak, wings, tail or head. For the most part they are confined to dense rainforest habitat. The diet of all species is dominated by fruit and to a lesser extent arthropods. The birds-of-paradise have a variety of breeding systems, ranging from monogamy to lek-type polygamy.
The family is of cultural importance to the inhabitants of New Guinea Island . The trade in skins and feathers of the birds-of-paradise has been going on for two thousand years. The birds have also been of considerable interest to Western collectors, ornithologists and writers. A number of species are threatened by hunting and habitat loss.
This 50s X 70s cm painting is one of my favorite artworks in May 1994 when I was in Jayapura, the Capital of West - Papua province. This subject was started on canvas at the struggles time of Papua people fighting against Indonesia arm forces throughout our land. This kind of sacred Bird is the symbolization of Papuan daily living style among the nations � isolated and unknown people in the world �hidden in the valley, mountains, rivers, and in the jungles of a land that is prevent and save our planet from global warming. A country that considered as lung oxygen storage for safety of our earth. I have chosen this subject as to express my feeling on behalf of my people...who still groaning within themselves while waiting for their freedom. Please take a look at that bird ... it look like she hope for a savior who will bring salvation, and freedom on her own land as if she said: I look to the mountains; where will my help come from?
My help will come from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
This painting have been given to my wife family in Manado for personal collection since June 1994. However, it can be goes on the market based on family approval... thank for enjoying this painting.
March 17th, 2012
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