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9th Nov. to 1st December 2017
British Institute in East Africa - Seminar Room
Unknown Untold Art Exhibition by Charles Ongere

UNKNOWN UNTOLD is an exposition of how the abstraction of the person is resulted by what the individual hasn't been told, thus doesn't know. Resultantly, there's an obstructed and distracted notion of what makes sense and the possibilities at one's disposal.
We should consider the following questions to soberly consider the UNKNOWN UNTOLD
Do you think what has not been told has been erased?
Do you think what is told has been added?
Do you in any way consider what has not been told an obstruction, distraction, or abstraction?

 

14th to 19th November 2017
Galleria Shopping Mall
Exhibition By Santos Arzu Quioto And Moses Nyawanda

Born in Bondo in Nyanza district in 1972, Nyawanda worked for a year as a library assistant before joining the Creative Art Center in Nairobi in 1993. He took a three-year diploma in fine arts and then worked as a laboratory assistant at Moi Girls High School in the capital in order to subsidise his career as an artist, holding his first solo show in September 1997. Since then he has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions and won several prizes.
Santos Arzú Quioto from Honduras With more than twenty Solo Exhibits, renowed in Honduras, United States, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Peru, India, Colombia, Italy, China as well as in over forty Group Art Shows in Central America, Mexico, Cuba, France, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Korea and other countries. He has participated in several biennials representing Honduras: The main are:
48 ° Venice Biennial (1999), Venice, Italy, 1 ° Bienal Iberoamericana in Lima, Peru (1997), 2 ° and 3 ° Biennial Caribbean and Central America in Santo Domingo (1994 and 1996), 4 th International Biennial of Painting, Cuenca, Ecuador, 1 °, 2 ° and 3 ° Biennial of Central America in Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua (1998, 2000, 2002).

 

10th to 30th November 2017
Creativity Gallery
Exhibition: Demigods and the Demagogues by Moses Nyawanda

Moses Nyawanda is the last born of eight children. When Nywanda was young his mother prophesized he would become an artist. Little did she know that her prophecy had been fulfilled the day when Moses was caught sketching by his math teacher. The sketch was so good that poor Moses got a thorough thrashing after the teacher recognized himself.
After grappling with several artistic practices from photography, sign-writing, and painting calabashes, Moses eventually attended formal art classes at the Creative Art Centre in Nairobi. In three years, Moses graduated with a diploma in fine arts and held his first solo exhibition at Yaya Centre. Over 15 years later, Moses has held numerous solo shows, won several art prizes and has been an artist in residence at Kuona Trust, the GoDown Arts Centre and the Railway Museum Art Studio (where he was a founding member). He now works from his home studio and shows his work around East Africa and the world.

As part of giving back to society, Moses works with the Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH) in Nairobi where he paints murals with positive messages for communities and mentors young artists.
Moses has this to say about his current artistic practice:
“At the moment, my medium of choice is oils. Over the years, I have developed a style of painting where l use a palette knife to produce layers and layers of paint so the work ends up looking like it was done with pastels. I’m currently working with vibrant yet earthy colors with subjects of people or animals. The themes I’m exploring are the interactions between people or animals as they are put into stories or situations. These storylines are usually informed by current events or personal experiences, some true, some imaginary, others fiction. I’ve investigated dating, relationships between people, sexuality, generational divides, divergent opinions, politics, corruption, love, technology and fear. These have been done in series.

I like to imagine and paint what would happen to the subjects in my work (people or animals) if they had to work through different situations, what would they say, what would they do, what would happen? Throughout this process, I look to strip apart the visual scene that emerges in my mind and put it back together in ways that reveal many different layers of reality, of thought and emotion.”

 

29th October to 3rd December 2017
Red Hill Art Gallery
Exhibition: Kenyan Pioneers by Rosemary Karuga

Rosemary Karuga was born in 1928 in Meru, Kenya.
From 1950 to 1952, she was the first female student at Makarere University’s School of Fine Art in Kampala, Uganda, where she studied design, painting and sculpture. After graduation she moved back to Kenya and became a fulltime teacher.
It was only in 1987 – at almost 60 years old – that she again tapped into her artistic talent as an Artist-in-Residence at the Paa ya Paa Arts Centre in Nairobi.
Rosemary Karuga became a highly esteemed and respected artist in the Kenyan art scene, with an increasing international reputation. She had her international breakthrough in 1990 with a group exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Other international exhibitions followed in quick succession.

Rosemary Karuga’s artistic expression is very personal and has a unique technique. Her ‘tools’ are coloured paper scraps – from newspapers, glossy magazines, to packaging material, scissors and glue. Inspired by Byzantine mosaics, she creates colourful paper collages of people, animals and landscapes of intense strength. Her work reflects her direct environment in figurative representational art.
Directions to the Gallery
From Village Market join Limuru Road. After 13km turn left down a dirt road, signposted “Zereneti”, continue for 200m, keep left (ignore the road climbing sharply right), after 50m take the right smaller track. Red Hill Art Gallery is located at the end of the track on the left side (red metal gate) Karibu!
From City Centre Matatu No 114. Stop ‘Posta’
The gallery is open daily from 11.00 to 5.00 pm

 

 

 

22nd November to 15th December
Nairobi National Museum
Gallen-Kallela in Kenya

Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931), one of Finland’s most renowned artists, traveled to Kenya with his family in 1909. They lived on the outskirts of Nairobi, painting, travelling, and collecting both natural and ethnographic artefacts. Now, over 100 years later, his works are to be exhibited for the first time in the country they were created in.
In celebration of the 2017 centenary of Finnish independence, the Gallen-Kallela Museum together with the Embassy of Finland in Nairobi are producing the “GALLEN-KALLELA IN KENYA” exhibition on Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s trip and the art it inspired at the Nairobi National Museum. The exhibition is based on reproduced materials, paintings and photographs.

 

1st October to 30th November 2017
National Museum, Nairobi Gallery & Alliance Francaise
Nigerian Festival In Nairobi

 

27th October to 16th November 2017 (Opening 25th Ocober)
Goethe-Institut
Exhhibition: Remote

Remote
[the yearning of the dispossessed]
Our social constructs, created to protect us and organize societies, have failed us. Our rules and laws have entrapped us. We have been dislocated from our environment, and estranged from ourselves.
Those inclined toward observation and introspection often attempt to deconstruct existing social constructs. Contemplating the fabric of existence, they deal in the currency of purpose and truth. Repelled by capitalism and the governments that revere it, they envision the alternatives. There is an aching in them. It is unyielding. It is a quest for something more meaningful than the social codes that we blindly consume. But, what is this something?
Curated by Zihan Kassam
Assisted by Nyambura M. Wariungi
Admission Free
Opening Oct 25, 6pm
Closed Oct 26
Runs Oct 27 - Nov 16
Mon - Fri: 10 to 5
Sat: 12 to 5
Artist Talk Nov 1 @ 6pm

 

2nd & 3rd December 2017
56 Kibo Lane Karen
Christmas Art Sale: Paintings And Prints By Geraldine Roberts

Over 2000 paintings and prints by Geraldine Robarts starting at prints for 1000/= and paintings from 10,000/= at 56 Kibo Lane, Karen on 2nd and 3rd December – 10am to 6pm.
Please be so kind as to let us know if you would like to attend for the sake of security so your name is on our list fairhead.michaelj@gmail.com or call 0722 528931 to RSVP.
We very much look forward to welcoming you to this special event.

 

10th November to 31st January
National Museums Of Kenya
Urembo And Hekima Art Exhibition

The Urembo exhibition will explore beauty - symbols, colors, designs, and their meanings over time. We will look at how traditional designs and artistic process have lasting meaning. We will see how indigenous apprenticeship and community stewardship can and do inform artistic practice today. We will celebrate beauty in ways that open us to new ideas and ways of seeing, while grounding our vision in culture, history, and traditions connecting our past and our present. Urembo will be in the Creativity Gallery upstairs.
The Hekima exhibition will demonstrate the depth and diversity of scientific and historical knowledge still held by older generations in Kenya. The aim of this exhibition is to create a place where visitors can see video footage of Elders, of ceremonies, of plant medicine teachings, of musical exchange, and learn about the ways our inherited knowledge is relevant today. Hekima will be in the Temporary Gallery downstairs.

 

31st October to 26th November 2017
Talisman Restaurant
Exhibition: Amy Sandys-Lumsdaine

So many people in the neighbourhood look forward to this time, around the end of the year, when Amy Sandys-Lumsdaine shows her work at Talisman! This year, her exhibition opens on Tuesday 31st October and runs until Sunday 26th November. The collection of works is inspired by her travels in Kenya. Amy’s oil paintings of wildlife, landscapes and the people of Kenya have really stuck a chord with Karen dwellers and far beyond. Evoking a classic but contemporary spin on her subjects, she shows a combination of small affordable prints and medium to large original oil paintings.

 
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