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. 

Music Makers, Sayuki Matindiko
SKU: Tinga-11

2010
Oil enamel on canvas (21 1/2" h x 15 1/2"w)

$550
Barraca (Bar) #2
SKU: DNO1507

2015
Carved wood sculpture, painted.
(5" h. x 9 3/4" w. x 7 3/4" d.).

$475
The Animal Kingdom #2
SKU: TF-1202

c.2012
Hammered aluminum relief
(16" h x 20"w)
Exact details may vary.

$425
Evanson Kangethe - Nairobi, Kenya
SKU: Kangethe-1

Evanson Kangethe - Nairobi, Kenya
2004
Ink on paper (14 1/8" h x 12 3/8"w)

$390
Before the Festival
SKU: AA-9402

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 1991
Oil, ink on Paper (11 3/4" h. x 17 1/2" w.)

$350
Mama Nyumba
SKU: Kaloki-1

Nairobi, Kenya
2011
Oil on canvas (11 3/4" h x 11 3/4"w, 30cm x 30cm)

$225
Egungun Festival
SKU: TF-1103

2011
Hammered aluminum relief
(15" h x 10 1/4"w)

$210
Kingdom of animals - Aluminum Relief Fan
SKU: TF-1207

2012
Hammered aluminum relief
(16" h x 10 1/4"w)

$190
Obama Coiffure - Mini Signboard
SKU: BS-434

Babs - Burkina Faso, 2016
Oil paint on plywood (11" x 8")

$95
Hair Style - Mini Signboard
SKU: BS-435

Babs - Burkina Faso, 2015
Oil paint on plywood (11" x 8")

$95
Chic Coiffure - Tresse - Mini Hair Sign
SKU: BS-436

Desir Art - Benin, c.2012
Oil paint on plywood (10" x 6")

$88
Miracle Tresse - Coiffure - Mini Hair Sign
SKU: BS-437

Desir Art - Benin, c.2012
Oil paint on plywood (10" x 6")

$88
Merveille Tresse - Mini Hair Sign
SKU: BS-438

Desir Art - Benin, c.2012
Oil paint on plywood (10" x 6")

$88
Vendeuse D'Articles Scolaires - Mini Signboard
SKU: SN-220

by A. Folly, Togo, 2016
Oil paint on plywood (6 1/4" x 4 7/8")

$54
Planning Familial - Mini Signboard
SKU: SN-221

by A. Folly, Togo, 2016
Oil paint on plywood (4 7/8" x 6 1/4")

$54
I Love You Dear
SKU: JMB-11203

Nairobi, Kenya
c. 2010
Oil on canvas (20" h x 19"w, 50 x 48cm)

$1250
Product Status: 
Sold
David Osevwe, Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: Osev-2

1999
Glass beads on plywood
(14 1/2" h x 24 1/2"w)

$1,200
Product Status: 
Sold
Vulture John Kamicha
SKU: Kamicha-3

Nairobi, Kenya
c. 2010
Mixed Media (21" h. x 10"w., 54cm x 26cm)

$750
Product Status: 
Sold
 Marabout
SKU: GLPTG-1510

Gora Mbengue (1931 - 1988, born in Tiadiaye, Senegal) - Dakar, Senegal
1985
Reverse-painting on glass (13" h x 9 1/2"w.)
Framed

$575
Product Status: 
Sold
Dino (Cabordino Mustafa Jetha) - Mozambique
SKU: DNO-1303

2013
Carved wood sculpture, painted.
(7 1/2" h. x 12 1/2" w. x 7 1/2" d.).

$495
Product Status: 
Sold
City Crier
SKU: LOA-9401

Prince Layi Orogun Ademoinore, Oshogbo, Nigeria
c. 1993
Oil, ink on Paper (28" h x 18"w)

$475
Product Status: 
Sold
The Kingdom of Birds
SKU: TF-1404

c.2014
Hammered aluminum relief
(20" h x 16"w)
Exact details may vary.

 

$425
Product Status: 
Sold
Noah's Ark
SKU: TF-1505

2015
Hammered aluminum relief
(16" h x 20"w)

Some details may vary.

$425
Product Status: 
Sold
Adam and Eve
SKU: TF-1507

Toyin Folorunso, Oshogbo, Nigeria
2015
Hammered aluminum relief
(20 1/8" h x 16"w)
Exact details may vary.

$425
Product Status: 
Sold
Oshun Festival
SKU: TF-1402

2014
Hammered aluminum relief
(20 1/4" h x 15 1/2"w)

$425
Product Status: 
Sold
The Animal Kingdom 4
SKU: TF-1403

2014
Hammered aluminum relief
(20" h x 15 1/4"w)

$425
Product Status: 
Sold
Phillip Olufemi Babarinlo, Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: Oluf-14

c.2012
Oil and marker on paper (19 1/2" h. x 15 1/4"w.)

$300
Product Status: 
Sold
Zebra John Kamicha
SKU: Kamicha-1

Nairobi, Kenya c. 2010
Mixed Media (8 1/2" h x 8 1/2"w)

$275
Product Status: 
Sold
Dino (Cabordino Mustafa Jetha) - Mozambique
SKU: Dino-9

2013
Carved wood sculpture, painted.
(5 1/4" h. x 6 1/2" w. x 5 1/2" d.).

$250
Product Status: 
Sold
Mamy Wata 2
SKU: TF-0909

2009
Hammered aluminum relief
(15 3/4" h x 10"w).
Exact details may vary.

$210
Product Status: 
Sold
The Palmwine Tapper
SKU: T77-1602

c.2009
"Sculpture Painting" - Oil, acrylic, ink and pastel on plywood.
(36" h x 12"w)
Provenance:  Private collection, purchased directly from the artist.

Price on Request
Product Status: 
ON HOLD
Birds and Mosquitoes
SKU: TT1501

c.1980
Oil enamel on board (24" h x 24"w) (61 x 61cm), framed.

Price on request
Product Status: 
Sold
Twins Seven-Seven
SKU: Twin-61

1960's
Etching, # 4/30
(15" h x 19 5/8"w)

Price on Request
Product Status: 
Sold