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. 

Egungun Festival
SKU: TF-1901

Oshogbo, Nigeria, 2018
Hammered aluminum relief
(8 1/8" h x 10 1/8"w).

$150
Wild Animals in the Forest
SKU: MBL-1801

M. Bolarinna - Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1995
Hammered aluminum relief
(8" h x 13"w)

$145
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
River Side at Night
SKU: YOW-1703

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.2010
Oil paint, ink, pencil on Paper (6 1/4" h. x 10 1/4" w.)

$75
Yellow Man on Red - Beaded Bag
SKU: CPBD-02

Capetown, South Africa, c.2005.
Glass beads, cotton thread.  Similar design on back.
(7" h. x 5 1/4" w. with 42" beaded strap.)

$75
"House" - Beaded Bag
SKU: CPBD-03

By Ntombonzi - Capetown, South Africa, c.2005.
Glass beads, cotton thread.
(6 3/4" h. x 5 1/4" w. with 44" beaded strap.)

$75
The Bird in His Nest
SKU: YOW-1701

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.2010
Oil paint, ink, pencil on Paper (6 1/4" h. x 10 1/4" w.)

$75
Osun Ancient City
SKU: YOW-1702

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.2010
Oil paint, ink, pencil on Paper (6 1/4" h. x 10 1/4" w.)

$75
Planning Familial - Mini Signboard
SKU: SN-221

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

$54
Grande Estheticienne de Lomé - Mini Signboard
SKU: SN-222

by A. Folly, Togo, 2015
Oil paint on plywood (6 1/4" x 4 7/8")

$54
The Palm Wine Tapper
SKU: ASO-1801

Oshogbo, Nigeria
c. 1990
Hammered aluminum relief (21" h x 12 1/2"w)

Price on Request
Oshun Festival #3
SKU: YF-1813

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1995
Hammered aluminum relief
(45 1/2" h. x 23 1/2" w.).
Condition note:  This panel was previously installed architecturally and has nail holes in the corners and on the perimeter of the border (not within the picture area).  Also some surface discoloration on aluminum, as shown in the photos.

Price on Request
Hunters in the Forest
SKU: YF-1814

Oshogbo, Nigeria, c.1995
Hammered aluminum relief
(45 1/2" h. x 23 1/2" w.).
Condition note:  Some surface discoloration on aluminum due to age, as shown in the photos.

Price on Request
Spotted Birds at Nest
SKU: KBDA-1901

From "Le Hangar" art workshop, Elisabethville, Belgian Congo, c.1959
Oil on canvas (43cm x 65cm, 17" x 25 3/4").  Framed.
Condition note: canvas has some stretching/warping which can be repaired by framer.

Price on Request
I Love You Dear
SKU: JMB-1103

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

$1250
Product Status: 
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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
Product Status: 
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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
Product Status: 
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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
Product Status: 
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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
Product Status: 
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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
Product Status: 
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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
Product Status: 
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Noah's Ark
SKU: TF-1505

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

Some details may vary.

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

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

$425
Product Status: 
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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: 
Sold
Egungun Festival
SKU: TF-1103

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

$210
Product Status: 
Sold
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: 
Sold
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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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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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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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
Product Status: 
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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
Product Status: 
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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
Product Status: 
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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
Product Status: 
ON HOLD
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
Product Status: 
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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
Product Status: 
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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
Product Status: 
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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: 
Sold