It looks like the visual arts are turning out to be the most resilient art form in these COVID19 pandemic times. While theatres are closed to performing/ stage arts showcases, cinema doors are shut to film lovers and literary readings are not gathering bibliophiles to hear authors read excerpts from new books, galleries are drawing art lovers in.
Two exhibitions have been put on in the recent past. “Playing To The Gallery” has been running at the Afri Art Gallery on 7th Street Industrial Area since Saturday July 25th 2020 and will end Saturday September 19th 2020. The newly-created city of Jinja showed off its artsy side by way of a one-day video visual art exhibition by Scarlet Motiff curated by home girl Nicole Remus.
So if you have an inkling of paints, pastels, canvases, brushes and the like, you may want to head over to the Xenson Art Space in Kamwokya on Kenneth Dale Road off Kira Road this Saturday September 5th 2020 for the launch of the Look One Group starting 12pm. Five phenomenal emerging young artists will be thrust into the visual arts stratosphere. The artist quintet comprises Bob Archist, Trevor Aloka, Remmy Sserwadda, Kabonge George Wasswa and John Bosco Muramuzi. Here below are their profiles and showcase synopses;
Wanyama Robert Archie known as Bob Archist, was born in 1995 and raised in Busia district, Uganda. He is a water resource engineer graduate from Busitema University. He started painting back in 2015 when he joined the university and has never looked back. His showcase is titled “Love Pain” and is inspired by love, pain and beauty.
Trevor Aloka is a Ugandan visual artist who has been practicing art for three years now. In 2018 he was part of At Work Kampala that was conducted by Simon Njami, He now practices his art at 32 degrees East an artists collaborative hub in Kampala. His showcase “The Emotional Suicide” is a multi-intentional concept that concentrates and talks about the decline of traditional culture in Africans hence his emphasis on the dark skin complexion of the figures in his pieces using photographs of set up symbolic objects.
Remmy Sserwadda was born in 1994 in Nsambya. He is a self-taught artist who took up painting in 2017, He works from Kampala and this is how he describes his practice. “I do contemporary art with realistic human figures in conceptual postures and poses with detailed backgrounds, some of my inspiration is African prints from African fabrics (kitenge). My subjects are from my immediate circles, my work is about love in all its forms Eros, agape and philia. I believe that most of what man does is influenced by love, and in my work I try to share my experiences of love.”
John Bosco Muramuzi
John Bosco Muramuzi was born in 1991, Sheema district in south-western Uganda, He graduated in 2014 with a diploma in Industrial art and design from Y.M.C.A. John Bosco is a fulltime practicing visual artist at his studio, Jon-B Art Studio in Buloba doing both painting and Graffiti. This is what he has to says about his showcase “Memories”; “My work is about imaginary views of the environment. I capture memories of the journey from my village (Sheema) to Kampala city and other places I have lived in. Depictions of both the seen and the imaginary places are manipulated to create new environments in the way I want to see them”
George Wasswa Kabonge
George Wasswa is a Ugandan visual artist born in 1990 in Mukono district. He’s a graduate of Kyambogo University where he acquired formal education with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational Studies – Art and Design with Education. He is a secondary school teacher and a practicing artist specializing in the painting genre with collage painting effects and the pointillism style characterized by vibrant dots of tints and shades meticulously layered onto canvas to define his subjects. His themes draw inspiration from the contemporary social life that defines his society. Kabonge explores variety of themes ranging from traditional African contemporary music, wild life, and daily life styles and activities presented both in realistic, semi abstract and abstract forms intended to evoke public dialogue on respecting and preserving societal traditions and culture. Here’s what he has to say about about his showcase ‘Pointillism’; “I love exploring different themes using pointillism style where I put various vibrant dots or strokes of color in most of my paintings. Different hues mostly appear in contrasts to one another. I am inspired by day to day life experiences which I depict using the vibrant dots and strokes of hues on canvas. I use oil paints and acrylics on canvas to portray messages.”
Look One. (Group Exhibition) 5th Sept – 30th Nov 2020
Xenson Art Space. Curators: Trevor Mukholi & Dorothy Nabunjo
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