Portrait Artist. Muralist. Chairman of the Artists Asscociation.
Art in Everyday Life - By Zana English.
This is Clement Koys, one of the best portrait artist and 3D painter in Papua New Guinea who hails from Gumine District in the Chimbu Province.
Born December 5th 1980 at Modilon General Hospital, Madang and raised in Madang Province, Clement grew up in the screen printing and sign writing industry. His father owns a property in Madang where his big brothers setup a sign writing and screen printing workshop in Madang where Clement spent most of his time at helping out and eventually got in contact with paint and couldn’t take his hands off since then.
“Painting to me is another way to express myself. I have been painting nearly my whole life,” Clement said.
When asked why he paints, Clement admits that painting for him is his art and passion as he paints almost every day and has no limits to his paintings.
Clement mostly does portrait painting, 3D painting, murals and election billboard painting for politicians.
His biggest paint job was when he painted an election billboard for former two time member for Goroka, Bire Kimisopa. He painted on a 13x10 meter billboard board in less than 5 hours in the heart of Goroka town.. while having an audience watch over. It is one of the biggest portrait billboards ever painted in the country.
Mr Koys said that art in the country lacks recognition and appreciation especially from the government.
“Most of the artists will admit with me that our recognition and appreciation comes from expatriates who see so much potential in our paintings.” He said.
Expressive arts has been taught in primary school through to high school and there is even a creative arts degree at the UPNG, so if we have this taught to our children, why can’t we have a future for arts yet alone fund it?
“I want this country to have an association to support future generations with help from the
government as I see a lot of future in arts” said Clement.
He adds on that all artists must unite and help each other rather than been in separate groups and or ostracizing other artists who have less support.
Clement is an inspiration to many aspiring and rising artists and wants what is best for them as they too have a role in the society. Clement advises those who want to pursue their passion in painting that art has no boundaries, the more you touch paint, the more you will be good at it. Keep painting and explore more.
It is hard to see an artist’s mind, but seeing their paintings is just like visualizing through their minds. – Clement Koys.