to Exhibit In Mombasa
of BEATRICE WANJIKU, RICHARD KIMATHI, PETERSON
MICHAEL SOI, OGONGA THOM ON DISPLAY AT the ALLIANCE
- - Alliance
Francaise de Mombasa and Kuona Trust; the leading
Kenyan non-profit visual arts organization, set up to
give skills and opportunities to Kenyan visual artists
are holding a collaborative exhibition show casing
recent works by five Kenyan contemporary artists.
exhibition opens on the Tuesday 16th September
2008 at 6.00 pm at the Alliance Francaise
Mombasa, and runs till the Monday 6th October
2008, weekdays between 9am-7pm and Saturday
participating artist are based in Nairobi and
are Beatrice Wanjiku, Richard Kimathi,
Peterson Kamwathi, Michael Soi, Ogonga Thom.
Wanjiku is one of the most prolific female
artists in Kenya.
is a graduate of the Buruburu Institute of
Fine Art where she studied painting.
inspiration is from her day to day life and is
highly visible in her work.
has participated in various workshops and
exhibitions both locally and abroad and was
most promising young artist in the 2006 Elysee
Treaty Art Competition jointly held by
Alliance Française and the Goethe Institute
Kimathi is with no doubt one of the most
interesting artists in Kenya.
graduate of the Creative Art Centre, he
started his career at the Kuona Trust studios
and has gone a long way to become an award
winning artist with his work being used by the
United Nations to produce a stamp.
He is very
flexible and mostly works on mixed media on
canvas and his subjects range from distorted
animal figures to distorted human forms which
have a lot of humor in them.
He won a
scholarship residency award to the University
of Kentucky in the United States in 2002.
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art works from painter Thom Ogonga.
has vastly exhibited locally and abroad.
Kamwathi, an internationally recognized artist and
printmaker took up art after graduating from high
school, is among Kenya’s leading contemporary
work has been part of numerous national
exhibitions in his native Kenya, as well as
exhibits in England and The U.S.
Kamwathi works primarily in woodcuts
and monotypes, but has enjoyed taking part in
other art studios at UK including the metal
and glass mediums.
is one of the very few artists in Kenya to
have substantial political content to his
sheep series is dark, mysterious and
Soi, a graduate of the Creative Art Centre
says his work is as simple as can be. “I try
to create an attitude of what you see might be
what you get from it.
encourage the viewer to come up with any
conclusion they want after viewing my work.
interest in erasure comes from my work as a
visual artist working mainly in images,
collage and multi media.
am involved in work that deletes, distorts and
changes various images into what I want them
to be, and am excited by the subtle play that
erasure seems to create when executed in
work is not about the suppression of images or
distortion, or the negation of what the image
represents, but is about obscuring the images
in order to create a different relationship
between the final piece and the viewer.
I first started this body of work I felt that
the erasure of images in art, rather than
being destructive, contained the potential to
provoke an ambiguous and shifting “sight”
of both the original image and the work.
not destructive then, could erasure be
this case I am positive that for the first
time in my life as an artist, I have been made
to question the possibility that erasure can
be at times destructive and this is a
realization that really disappoints me and
more so the destructive erasure by an
organization that should be in the fore front
in preserving this kind of images for the
appreciation and enjoyment of the general
Thom, an artist who also works at Kuona Trust
started out as a painter but with time has
ventured into printmaking and occasionally
tries out not-so-good photography, videos and
is fascinated by night life and the beauty of
women, as is evident in his work.
work is clean, reductive and illustrative
often working with the female form.
exhibited widely in Kenya and abroad and also
participated in several International Artists
has also participated in special projects like
the travelling billboard (images in transit)
and painting with refugees in the camps
(building art together).
was awarded the 2nd prize in the painting
category in the Elysee Treaty competition in
of the public are invited to enjoy this unique
exhibition that promises to be a refreshing glimpse
into the current evolutions in Kenyan contemporary