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SAND PAINTING  

Engan Sand painting detail depicting two birds.
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Engan sand painting detail.
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Engan sand painting of a Miok Bird of Paradise
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Enga's sand painting art is a contemporary art form that evolved out the workshop at the Take Anda in the late 1970s and early 80s.

With a lack of medium such as oil colours, acrylics, canvas and materials, mediums that are readily available from the natural surroundings were used - different coloured grains of sand and earth.

 

The new art form caught on and has evolved into a distinctly Enga style. Artist's paint images depicting Enga's traditional stories and way of life.

 

The sand painters train for years as apprentices and you will often see them in the workshop at the Take Anda Art Gallery, alongside the master sand painters who create works for sale and display in the gallery.

 

Watching the sand paintings being created is mesmerising, as grains of sand come alive with colour and form through skillful placement on the board by artists.

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