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James Mbuthia

About the Artist

James Mbuthia at an exhibition at One Off Gallery, Nairobi (photo courtesy of Kenyan Arts Review).
James Mbuthia at an exhibition at One Off Gallery, Nairobi (photo courtesy of Kenyan Arts Review).
James Mbuthia (photo courtesy of One Off Gallery).
James Mbuthia (photo courtesy of One Off Gallery).

James Mbuthia was born in the Banana Hill community outside Nairobi in 1958.  He taught himself to paint amid the “extraordinary concentration of artists” residing in that village. He has exhibited at both the art centers and established galleries, as well as in the US and abroad - France, Germany, Korea, Paraguay and Tanzania.

Mbuthia's artistic skills are entirely self-taught. He is intensely creative in a variety of media and prolifically so in oil on canvas. He draws inspiration from his own experiences.

Colour is arguably the most important element of Mbuthia's work. Together with his early mentor, Mary Collis, he possesses a natural attribute known as Synesthesia: when he hears a sound, he sees a colour. He uses colour to richly depict emotion; his dreams; political commentary and the general ambience of rural life surrounding his home. His creativity is also evident in the small sculptures, woodcut prints and installation pieces he makes from recycled materials.

Mbuthia is the founder and workshop coordinator of Art Without Borders Kenya. His initiative facilitates a team of artists to bring art to children living in the slums and children's homes and to those confined to the paediatric wards of Kenyatta National Hospital.

He has travelled to both France and the USA to participate in workshops and has been exhibited in Korea, Germany, Tanzania, USA, Paraguay and extensively in Kenya. (above bio courtesy of One Off Gallery, Nairobi.)

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James Mbuthia
SKU: JMB-1101

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

$600

I Love You Dear
SKU: JMB-1103

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

$1250

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James Mbuthia
SKU: JMB-1102

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

$600

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James Mbuthia
SKU: JMB-1201

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

$600

Product Status: 
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