Category Archives: Abstract Expressionism

Joseph Thiong’o

Joseph Thiongo

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Country: Kenya

Style: Semi surreal, Landscape,

Medium: Watercolour and Ink, Acrylics

Fun Fact: his artistic skills were recognized by his Geography teacher, after being impressed by his map drawing skills. His teacher said,  “Joseph, I hope you will be an artist”. And this is something he never forgot

Quote: “I observe my environment everywhere I am for ideas and inspiration for my artwork.  I also get structural ideas of wildlife figures and their environment from actual wildlife parks.  When I am in Nairobi and can’t get to the parks to paint, I have a collection of books and DVD’s that feature angles of what wildlife and landscapes Kenya has.”

Paintings

1. Maasai Life 7

2. Elephants on the Move

3. Zebras

4. Impala Herd

5. Cheetah

6. Maasai Life 4

contacts

http://www.insideafricanart.com/artists%20main%20pages/joseph_thiongo.htm

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Gassim abdelkader

Gassim Abdelkader aka Aramis Kaktus

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Country: Chad

Style: Abstract, Contemporary, Fine Art

Medium: Inks, Acrylics on Canvas

Fun Fact: Born in N`Djamena and now living in Norway, his paintings embody a mixture of fictive stories, icons, animals, transparent textures, symbols, equations and random gestures, it touches upon a too illusive vivid dream.

Quote:

His artwork embodies a wide range of influences, from the land of the spinning Sufi dervishes, the virtual thoughts, and the power of silence,  to the dense and comprehensive European cultural scene. From the wonders of the Far East, to the cosmopolitan and contemporary North America´s art hub. His work has spread from the desert, as an open gallery without walls, to a group of selected museums, and private galleries in many places around the world.​​

Paintings:

1. Untitled

2.Out of Colours

3.Untitled

4. Untitled

5.Untitled

6.Untitled

Contacts

https://sites.google.com/site/purnevgallery/painting/gassim-abdelkader

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/gassim-abdelkader.html

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Dumile Mhlaba

Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba Dumile /‘Goya of the townships’

: aliases Mslaba Dumile; Zwelidumile Mxgasi Dumile; Dumile Feni; Dumile Feni; Mhlaba Zwelidumile Mgxaji Feni; Mhlaba Dumile Feni; Mhlaba Zwelidumile Mxgasi Feni; Mslaba Dumile Geelboi Mgxaji Feni; Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba Feni

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Country: South Africa

Style: Sculpture, Prints, Contemporary, Fine Art

Medium: sculptor and printmaker, Ink, Conte, Charcoal,

Fun Fact: In 1963 and 1964, while undergoing treatment for tuberculosis, he was given some art materials and began his drawing career in earnest. Like many black South African artists from the late 1950s, Dumile had to negotiate the laws of apartheid that made his presence as a self-employed artist in the white city an offence. Dumile described himself as having never received any ‘real’ tuition and talked of artists learning from one another. Dumile was ‘discovered’ by Madame Haenggi, an art dealer who promoted his early work.

Quote:

ONE DAY I WAS in the Township with this driver and we went past a line of men who were all handcuffed. I don’t know what for, maybe for having no pass or something. Anyway the driver said, ‘Why don’t you ever draw things like that?’

I didn’t know what to say. Then just when I was still thinking, a funeral for a child came past. A funeral on a Monday morning. You know, all the people in black on a lorry. And as the funeral went past those men in handcuffs, those men watched it go past, and those with hats took off their hats.

I said to the guy I was with, ‘That’s what I want to draw!’
Paintings:

1. From the Nina Series

2. African Guernica

3. For the Child

4. Going

5.Railway Accident

6. Fear

7. Repression Art

Contacts:

http://www.dumile.org.za/frameset.htm

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Iba N’Diaye

Iba N’Diaye

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Country: Senegal

Style: Modernist, Fine Art,

Medium: oils and gouaches, pencils

Fun Fact: There is a lot to be said about Iba N’Diaye…he co-founded the Ecole du Dakar, inspired Mor Faye and felt strongly against primitivist art.His works openly used western modernist fine art technique; they could be moody, executed in an agitated thick impasto, or whimsical and painterly, in muted gouaches or watercolors

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Notably to my young colleagues, I would give several words of advice: be on guard against those who insist that you must be “Africans” before being painters or sculptors,for those who, in the name of authenticity … continue to want to preserve you in an exotic garden. We are not born more talented than others, the majority of us do not come from traditional artistic families, but rather we are sons of  African cities, which were created, for the most part, in the colonial era, and were crucibles of an original  culture, in which … foreign or indigenous cultural contributions dominate…. you have a very great responsibility: to make our profession legitimate in the eyes of our fellow countrymen, and in those of men from all the continents, making us masters of techniques which alone will permit us to renew ourselves  and to give us the courage to advance the iconographic themes of contemporary Africa …

Paintings

1. Vautour

2. Jazz Players

3.enfant de choeur

4. La Tabaski

5. Trio

More:

http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/contemporary/Iba-N-Diaye.html

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Mor Faye

Mor Faye aka The African Van Gogh/ Poor Black Picasso

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Country: Senegal

Style: Modernist, Avant-garde, Cubist, Classical, Expressionist, Abstract

Medium: Canvas, Newspaper scraps, Recycled Material, Oil, Gouache, Crayon, Charcoal

Fun Fact: There is a lot to say about Mor Faye, also known aas the “African Van Gogh” because he died at 37 of celebral malaria, most his paintings were done in an asylum as a symptom of his dementia and he went widely unrecognised until after his death. He was against the Ecole du Dakar and Leopold Senghor’s art programs so much so that he once in a while stged colourful protests outside the gates of the presidential palace. What is amazing is that he owed all his skill and style to Leopold Senghor’s art programs 

Quote: No one really paid attention to him when he was alive but I imagine aside from the dementia some anti-Africanity sentiments were shouted at Senghor

Paintings

1.Untitled

2.Untitled

3. Untitled

Contacts:

http://www.contempafricanart.com/artist.asp?artistid=MorFaye

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