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Ron Perry

Ron Perry grew up in Tucson, AZ. He dropped out of the University of Arizona to surf and dive in Hawaii and Australia. After he returned from serving with the US Army in Korea, he hitchhiked through India, Iran, Pakistan, Afganistan, Nepal, and a good portion of Southeast Asia before returning to Australia.

A friend got him interested in New Guinea and in 1964, he made his first trip to the Papua New Guinea side which was then under Australian administration. The country fascinated him.

[Art Dealer in the Last Unknown, Ron Perry and New Guinea Art, the early years, 1963 - 1974, by Carolyn Leigh and Ron Perry: 193k]

He worked there off and on for the next 14 years: surveying, managing a sawmill and trade store, running the first tour boat on the Sepik River, working for the Papua New Guinea National Cultural Council after Independence, and collecting artifacts as well as investing in various enterprises in Australia.

In 1979, he returned to Tucson to live while still making yearly trips to Australia and Papua New Guinea. He also traveled extensively through Mexico and Central and South America before fulfilling a lifelong ambition to explore Irian Jaya, the Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea.

In 1988, Ron, Carolyn and their friends, Frank and Donna Patania, traveled the mountain highlands of Irian and canoed the swamps of the Asmat for the first time. They then explored more of Indonesia, including Sumatra, Kalimantan, Java, Bali and many of the other islands. In 1996, he and Carolyn explored the southwest tribal areas of China.

Ron continues to be actively involved as a dealer in tribal art. New Guinea remains his true passion.

Order now: Art Dealer in the Last Unknown, Ron Perry and New Guinea Art, the early years: 1964 - 1973 by Carolyn Leigh and Ron Perry, 320 pages of adventure, over 450 early photographs - join Ron in the jungles of New Guinea on his search for tribal art.

[New Guinea Tribal Art eGuide, by Carolyn Leigh: 75k]

New Guinea Tribal Art eGuide

by Carolyn Leigh with Ron Perry and Doug Mehaffey

Find out about your fabulous piece of New Guinea tribal art. The eGuide provides quick info about New Guinea art and art areas with links to more information. The eGuide contains over 130 photographs and 10 maps, plus adventure photos from Ron's explorations in New Guinea.

Buy now from Amazon or from the Apple Store through iTunes for all your electronic book readers - only $3.99.


Melanesian art TOC | Map of art areas of Melanesia
Papua New Guinea: Highlands: body art - Bundi tapa - jewelry/dancers | Karawari and Blackwater Rivers: masks - carvings - map | Massim: artifacts- Trobriand Kula - map | Kula canoe | New Britain: Baining - Sulka - Tolai dukduk | New Ireland: Malagan | Ramu River: masks - carvings - map | Sepik River: masks - carvings - villages - map | Papuan Gulf: masks - carvings - map - Gogodala - Kukukuku
other areas: Asmat | Solomon Islands: crafts - jewelry - map
art and craft:
barkcloth (tapa) | body art | cane and fiber figures | canoes and prows | jewelry/dancers | masks - Middle Sepik | phallocrypts | pottery - Chambri | shields | story boards | suspension hooks | weapons | yam masks - fiber | yam masks - wood

Indonesian art TOC | Dyak baby carriers and masks | furniture | Java folk art | Lombok baskets | Lombok lontar boxes | masks from Bali and Java | puppets

China: Bai textiles/art TOC | baby carriers | baby hats | woodblock prints

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Artifacts on this site were collected in the field by my husband, Ron Perry. I take the photographs, do the html, text and maps. Background in Who We Are. Art-Pacific has been on the WWW since 1996. We hope you enjoy our New Guinea tribal art and Indonesian folk art as much as we do. by Carolyn Leigh is licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-ND 4.0