ART, CREATIVITY AND THE SPIRIT WORLD

You have reached the home page of Oceanic Art Pty Ltd, a website devoted to Pacific art, and in particular that of the Sepik River region of northern New Guinea.


THIS WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

BOOKS

CREATIVE SPIRITS: Bark Painting in the Washkuk Hills of North New Guinea by Ross Bowden has sold out and is currently out of print. It was the first and is still the only full-length anthropological analysis of bark painting as an art form for any New Guinea society. A second, expanded edition is forthcoming.

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GALLERY OF OCEANIC ART

When completed, this website will be offering art works for sale. These will include works from the Sepik River and other parts of New Guinea, Vanuatu and Aboriginal Australia.

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about 

OA#4_BangwisVillage copy
Wayipanal men's house, Bangwis village, 1973
ROSS BOWDEN

Ross Bowden is an Australian cultural anthropologist.


He did his first degree, in philosophy, at Monash University, Melbourne, and trained in anthropology at Oxford University from which he holds masters and doctoral degrees.


His primary research interests are in art and aesthetics, both in the Pacific and cross-culturally.


He taught anthropology for a number of years at La Trobe University, Melbourne.


Ross is the author of several books on Oceanic art and New Guinea. He has two new books in press: one on warfare and history in Yalaku society, and one on creativity in art cross-culturally. Additional information about these two books will be provided when they appear.

 

 

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Ross Bowden

CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGIST

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