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This is a representation of a matatu, which is a visually iconic mode of transport unique to Kenya, more so Nairobi. Matatus are a representation of our social and economic every day life.
SHANTY TOWN SERIES
Kenyan slums are often depicted as dark and sad places, however, the artist sees them differently. This is why he has chosen to use a vast array of colours that show the reality of the place; not murky, but diverse, full of life and hope.
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This painting is about the morning rush hour, which also happens to be the busiest time for the shoeshiner. As he shines shoes, he keeps his customers entertained with his stories.
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The artist was inspired by the handcarts that deliver water to estates and business establishments in urban areas, whenever drought strikes and water rationing happens.
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THE RUSH HOUR RIDE
Done with charcoal and pastels on brown paper, the drawing creates awareness to motorists and passengers to abide by traffic rules. The drawing was inspired by the artist's surroundings.
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MUTURA NA SUPU
An appreciation of mutura, the Kenyan sausage, this painting shows a delicacy that is enjoyed countrywide. Almost every mutura joint sells 'supu' (soup), which is cooked in the process of preparing mutura.
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Inspired by the purity and spiritual receptivity that women embody, the flowers and loose petals in this painting convey a spiritual presence and higher power in women’s lives.
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This piece shows River Sondu Miriu flowing at the foot of the Nyabondo Plateau, celebrating where the artist was born and raised. The turquoise skies and the yellow sunrays show a warm calmness.
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A VIEW OF MAAI MAHIU TOWN
Tucked away in the Rift Valley, hills and lowlands surround this town. The lush beauty that comes into view as you draw near with all the trucks and the people, is enough for a lifetime of paintings.
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This painting is a depiction of a market scene in which a matatu conductor is trying to convince a middle aged lady to board his matatu at a bus stop in Ruaka.
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BEAUTY IN UNITY
This artwork is inspired by the idea of togetherness. In the painting, elders from different houses share a drink and show the richness of cultural diversity shown by the different colours of the elders.
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The artist was inspired by Jackson, “Jackie", his father’s hard working farmhand. Jackie, who has never been sick, often says that working is the secret to staying young, which is why he is always on the go.
"Tembo" is a drawing of an elephant that was inspired by the diverse wildlife that we have in Kenya. The artist hopes to make us appreciate what we have at the moment and come together to relieve their plight of extinction.
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This work was inspired by bull fighting, which is an annual cultural event that takes place in Western Kenya. The celebration is accompanied by the Isukuti dance, with the bulls fighting and people cheering them on while dancing.
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KANGAS AND BASKETS
This painting has been inspired by the Kanga, which is an extremely popular fabric in Kenya and is worn daily by most women. They say that every woman should own a basket and a thousand kangas.
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COUNTRY UNDER THE SUN
This image pays homage to both the landscape and people of Kenya. The sunset highlights the beautiful landscape and in the foreground we see a hardworking woman going about her business, as millions of Kenyans do each day.
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This is a reflection of the artist's childhood memories. Looking through a child’s eyes the artist is showing that money cannot buy happiness and that is why no matter where you are from in Kenya, we can all live lives of joy, love, kindness and humility.
LIKE A PHOENIX
This painting is a portrayal of our ability as a country to rise from the ashes of the chaos around us and be reborn from that which was meant to destroy us.
This painting is inspired by Kenyan youth who create employment for themselves and contribute to the economy. It is a celebration of a common mwananchi going about his daily duties as a cobbler.
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NATION BUILDER 1
This painting represents the jua kali sector which is one of the things that makes Kenyans proud. It celebrates men making metallic boxes, jikos and other assorted items, from scrap metal.
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DAD, NATAKA SIMU
The world is changing to a more tech-savvy place. Even children’s needs have evolved and now they want gadgets they can browse on. However, despite the changes in technology, the one thing that is yet to change is our need for good Kenyan food, which the artist has chosen to show in this painting.
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In most Kenyan communities, a mother often carries her baby on her back as she goes about her daily duties. This painting celebrates that special bond created between mother and child.
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The artist wanted to showcase authentic children playtime that is not hinged on computer games and TV as we see today. The background is a slum setting, showing that it doesn't matter where you are raised. As long as you have friends, you can still have a good time.
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