Africa Modern

May 18, 2016 to October 8, 2016

Africa Modern celebrates thirty years of showing the arts of Africa at Indigo Arts.  The exhibit samples the staggering range of artwork from the fifty years following Africa's independence from colonial rule - roughly from 1960 to 2010.  It includes paintings, prints and sculpture by artists from Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania and Senegal.  Artists include: Kamante Gatura, Kamau "Cartoon" Joseph, John Kamicha, James Mbuthia and Sane Wadu from Kenya; "Dino" (Camordino Mustafa Jetha) from Mozambique; Yinka Adeyemi, Toyin FolorunsoFemi Johnson and Twins Seven-Seven from Nigeria; Omary AmondeMohammed Wasia Charinda, George LilangaSayuki Matindiko and Simon Mpata from Tanzania; and Gora Mbengue and Alexis Ngom from Senegal.

The artists’ work is as diverse as the African continent.  Most of these artists are self-taught, or come out of a workshop environment.  Their work is definitely modern in style and medium, but in many cases draws on an older, “tribal” or religious tradition. The Nigerian artists all come out of the Oshogbo artists’ workshops that date from the early sixties.  While they worked in various media - oil and acrylic painting, etching, batik, repoussé metal and even beadwork - much of their work was inspired by the traditions and mythology of their Yoruba ethnicity.  The most prominent member of this group was Twins Seven-Seven, who exploded on the Nigerian scene to great acclaim in 1964, but spent much of his later life in exile in  Philadelphia.  

The Kenyan artists vary in style and background but most are self-taught and passed through an artists’ workshop, such as the Banana Hill Art Studio, Ngecha Artist Association, or Kuona Trust Art Studio. 

The Tanzanian artists all have links to the Tinga-Tinga popular painting movement invented by the late Edward Saidi Tingatinga in 1968.  His brother Simon Mpata and his cousin Omary Amonde both worked in the lively style he pioneered, but some have veered in other directions - Mohammed Charinda to a documentary and sometimes brutally realistic style and Sayuki Matindiko to a playful cartoonlike style inspired by the magical shetani figures of George Lilanga.  

Mozambique wood-carver Dino also works in a documentary style, depicting places, professions, ceremonies and events of modern Mozambican life with precision and humor. 

The Senegalese artists work with reverse-painting on glass, expanding on a tradition of Muslim religious icons and family portraits, with subjects that draw on modern Senegalese life and folklore. 

Yinka Adeyemi (1941 -), Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: Adey-11

2006
Glass beads on plywood
(24" h x 24"w)

$3500
Red Zebra John Kamicha
SKU: Kamicha-2

Nairobi, Kenya
c. 2010
Mixed Media (23 1/2" h x 23 1/2"w)

$1575
The Myth of the Farmer and the Chameleon
SKU: Cartoon-4

Nairobi, Kenya
c. 2011
Oil on canvas (14 1/4" h. x 23 1/4"w, 36cm x 59cm)

$1575
From the Market Kamau "Cartoon" Joseph
SKU: Cartoon-3

Nairobi, Kenya
c. 2010
Oil on canvas (24 1/4" h. x 14"w, 61cm x 35cm)

$1275
Tanzania Uganda War (War in Uganda)
SKU: TT-1418

March, 2014
Oil enamel on canvas (31 1/2" x 39 1/4") (80cm x 100cm).  With custom framing.

$1200 Framed
David Osevwe, Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: Osev-1

2000
Glass beads on plywood, w/ frame
(13" h x 25"w)

$1,200
David Osevwe, Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: Osev-3

2012
Glass beads on plywood
(23 3/4" h x 12"w)

$1,200
The Osun Grove
SKU: Adey-9

2005
Batik on paper
(23 1/2" h. x 17 1/2"w.)

$850 framed
Hippo
SKU: TT-1507

January, 2013
Oil enamel on canvas (21 1/2" h x 29 1/2"w) (55 x 75cm).

$850
Alexis Ngom
SKU: GLPTG-1507

Alexis Ngom (b. 1957 in Fao, Dept. of Mbour, Senegal) - Dakar, Senegal
1985
Reverse-painting on glass (19" h x 13"w.)

$750
Kamau "Cartoon" Joseph
SKU: Cartoon-1

Nairobi, Kenya
c. 2010
Oil on canvas (13 3/4" h x 13 3/4"w, 35cm x 35cm)

$750
James Mbuthia
SKU: MButhia-2

Nairobi, Kenya
c. 2010
Oil on canvas (12" h x 12"w, 30cm x 30cm)

$600
Noah's Ark
SKU: GLPTG-1511

Alexis Ngom (b. 1957 in Fao, Dept. of Mbour, Senegal) - Dakar, Senegal
1986
Reverse-painting on glass (9 1/2" h x 13"w.)
Framed

$590
Sisi Ekos (Lagos Girl)
SKU: FMJ-0902

Oshogbo, Nigeria
2005
Oil on board (25" h. x 20"w.)

$575
The Creature Within
SKU: FMJ-0901

Oshogbo, Nigeria
2005
Oil on board (25" h. x 20"w.)

$575