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. 

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
Paris - Dakar Two-sided Hairdresser's Sign
SKU: bs-305

By Joel Adjame - Ivory Coast
Oil paint on plywood (22 1/2" x 48")
c. 1980's

$625
James Mbuthia
SKU: JMB-1101

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
Two-piece ("sandwich board") Coiffure Mawulolo Hair Sign
SKU: bs352

c.2005
Oil paint on plywood (Each side 52 1/2" x 22" x 1")

$575
Cheias Nascimento da Rosita (Flood- Birth of Rosita) - Dino (Cabordino Mustafa Jetha) - Mozambique
SKU: DNO-0903

c. 2014
Carved wood sculpture, painted.
(9 1/2" h. x 9 1/2" w. x 9" d.).
See story below:

This sculpture is based on a true story which took place during Mozambique's terrible floods of March, 2000.  Much of the country was completely flooded, driving people to take refuge on rooftops and in trees.  Sophia Tedro gave birth to her daughter Rosita while she was taking refuge in a tree.  She and Rosita were rescued from the tree by a helicopter.   The story was published around the world, and has now entered into Mozambican folklore.  See accompanying photos from the Guardian, UK.

 

$575
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
Music Makers, Sayuki Matindiko
SKU: Tinga-11

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

$550
Millenium Tresse & Tissage Hair-braider's Sign
SKU: bs-117

by Lawa, Togo, c.1990s
Oil paint on plywood (43x24)

$550
COIFFURE et TRESSE SAINTE RITA Two-sided Hairdresser Sign
SKU: bs-366

Kumasi, Ghana, c.2000
Oil paint on plywood with wood frame - two sided (47" x 21 1/2")

$550
Barraca (Bar) #2
SKU: DNO-1507

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

$525
COIFFURE REMEMBER - Hair Sign (Panel 2)
SKU: BS-387

By Americano, c.2000.  One panel of hinged two-panel sign.
Oil paint on plywood (47" x 24" x 1").

$500
LIVING STONE BARBERING CENTRE - Barber Sign
SKU: BS-395

Ultimate Arts, Asuoyeboa - Ghana, c.2000
Oil paint on plywood with wood frame (48" x 24 1/2" x 2")

$500
Petit Afro Hairdresser's Sign
SKU: bs-304

By Joel - Ivory Coast
Oil paint on plywood (39 1/2" x 26")
c. 1990

$495
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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David Osevwe, Oshogbo, Nigeria
SKU: Osev-2

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

$1,200
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Ghanaian Otter Coffin
SKU: afs-067

School of Paa Joe.  Teshie, Ghana.  c.1990.
Wood, painted with metal hardware,
(27" h. x 27" w. x 69" d.)

Note:  This piece will require custom art handling/packing/shipping, or direct pick-up by buyer.  Please inquire for an estimate.

$950
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Vulture John Kamicha
SKU: Kamicha-3

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

$750
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 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
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"Extra O" Hair Sign
SKU: BS-444

Kumasi, Ghana, c.1990's
Oil paint on plywood (30 1/2" x 25 1/2" x 1/2").

This sign is currently on loan to the SFO Museum, at the San Francisco International Airport, for an exhibit, African Barbershop and Hairdressing Signs, on display from March through October, 2020.

$500
Product Status: 
ON HOLD
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
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"Do Good!!" Barbershop Sign
SKU: BS-442

Ghana, c.1990's
Oil paint on plywood (18" x 30" x 1/2").

This sign is currently on loan to the SFO Museum, at the San Francisco International Airport, for an exhibit, African Barbershop and Hairdressing Signs, on display from March through October, 2020.

$475
Product Status: 
ON HOLD
City Crier
SKU: LOA-9401

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

$475
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The Kingdom of Birds
SKU: TF-1804

c.2015
Hammered aluminum relief
(20" h x 16"w)
Exact details may vary.

$475
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Noah's Ark
SKU: TF-1505

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

Some details may vary.

$425
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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
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Oshun Festival
SKU: TF-1402

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

$425
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The Animal Kingdom 4
SKU: TF-1403

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

$425
Product Status: 
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The Kingdom of Birds
SKU: TF-1404

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

 

$425
Product Status: 
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ISRAEL Hairdresser Sign
SKU: BS-369b

Kumasi, Ghana, c.2005
Oil paint on plywood with wood frame (36" x 24")

$395
Product Status: 
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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: 
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Zebra John Kamicha
SKU: Kamicha-1

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

$275
Product Status: 
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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: 
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Imbenge Zulu "Hardwire"Wire Basket - pictorial style
SKU: zwb-567

by Zodwa Mjwara - South Africa
Recycled telephone wire w/ steel wire core
(13"d x 1 1/2" h)

$225
Product Status: 
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Kingdom of Birds
SKU: TF-1904

2018
Hammered aluminum relief
(16 1/8" h x 10 1/8"w).

$225
Product Status: 
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Egungun Festival
SKU: TF-1103

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

$210
Product Status: 
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Hunter in the Forest #4
SKU: YF-1806

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1995
Hammered aluminum relief
(8 1/8" h x 24 1/2"w)

$210
Product Status: 
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Mamy Wata 2
SKU: TF-0909

2009, 2019
Hammered aluminum relief
(15 1/2" h x 10"w).
Exact details may vary.

$210
Product Status: 
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Top Coiffure - Mini Signboard
SKU: BS-446

Babs - Burkina Faso, 2019
Oil paint on plywood (8" x 11")

$110
Product Status: 
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Obama Coiffure - Mini Signboard
SKU: BS-434

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

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

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

$95
Product Status: 
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Merveille Tresse - Mini Hair Sign
SKU: BS-438

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

$88
Product Status: 
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Matasya holding Lotus
SKU: MHXD-1904

Madhubani, Bihar, India
c.2018
Ink on paper (7 3/4" x 4 3/4" on 8 1/4" x 6" sheet).

$85
Product Status: 
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Sea Goddess
SKU: SOSV-1702

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 1999
Batik, ink on rice-paper (9" h. x 7 1/2" w.)

$75
Product Status: 
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Okin Oba Eye (King of the Birds)
SKU: SOSV-1701

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 1999
Batik, ink on rice-paper (9" h. x 7 1/2" w.)

$75
Product Status: 
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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
Product Status: 
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Coiffure Divine Grace - Mini Signboard
SKU: SN-223

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

$54
Product Status: 
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Pharmacie de Rue - Mini Signboard
SKU: SN-224

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

$54
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Birds and Mosquitoes
SKU: TT1501

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

Price on request
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The Flying Snake Dog Flying Over the Red Skulls
SKU: T77-1501

Oshogbo, Nigeria, March 1968
Oil, acrylic, pastel, ink  on paper on plywood
(28 3/4" h, x 44 3/4"w.)

Price on request
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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
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Eye Okin (King of the Birds) 
SKU: ASO-9004

Asiru Olatunde (1922-1993), Oshogbo, Nigeria
c. 1990
Hammered aluminum relief.
(8" h x 18 1/2"w)

Price on Request
Product Status: 
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Yoruba Court 
SKU: ASO-9002

Asiru Olatunde (1922-1993), Oshogbo, Nigeria
c. 1990
Hammered aluminum relief
(12 1/2" h x 20 1/2"w)

Price on Request
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Shrine for the Cowrie God 
SKU: ASO-9003

Asiru Olatunde (1922-1995), Oshogbo, Nigeria
c. 1990
Hammered aluminum relief
(8 1/2" h x 19"w)

Price on Request
Product Status: 
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Oshogbo Scenes
SKU: ASO-9001

Asiru Olatunde (1922-1995), Oshogbo, Nigeria
c. 1990
Hammered aluminum relief (19 1/2" h x 36"w)

Price on Request
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Twins Seven-Seven
SKU: Twin-61

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

Price on Request
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Twins Seven-Seven
SKU: Twin-66

c.2007
Oil, acrylic, ink and pastel on plywood
(24" h x 12 1/4"w) Framed.
Provenance:  Private collection, purchased directly from the artist.

 

Price on Request
Product Status: 
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