African Art Guide: Gallery of African Art London Opens My Roots by Marie-Geneviève Morin

The Gallery Of African Art (GAFRA) opened its doors to guests for the preview of art exhibition by artist M. As we entered into the gallery in Mayfair, London on Thursday evening, we caught the feeling that something great just happened. The artist M, whose full name is Marie-Geneviève Morin, was also present at the grand opening. A splash of colourful art works perfectly displayed on the first floor. On the basement, the artist had huge black nylon bag painted with the same glowing colours that characterised her works placed on the pedestals. Some art works were also found on the ceiling and some eye catching painted vinyl-like art works lined up on the wall.

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Marie-Geneviève Morin is unique. She started her artistic journey over 3 years ago and has produced an array of works that are breathtaking and captures her state of mind. She is recognised for her intense, raw and passionate style of working with multi-media materials.

Gallery of African Art London, which opened in 2013 predominantly exhibits 20th-century and Contemporary Art from the African region and its Diaspora. M is Canadian and has Haitian heritage. She mentioned in the opening that she has a deep desire to discover her roots. GAFRA commented that her works are particularly unique and the inspiration behind her works are so touching that she had to be showcased without a doubt.

breaks with conventional rules, instructions and expectations by being unplanned, unstudied and unapologetic. Working mainly in large format, she attacks the canvas with a visceral process she calls “trashing” and uses her hand as a palette board. Each of M’s paintings represents the time, physical space and mood she inhabits in the moment, as opposed to offering interpretations or commentary of the world she lives in. As such, the characters, icons and messages that appear on the canvas harness her channelled energy and emotional state of mind. M’s work is deeply personal; it represents her quest to further understand her heritage, discover her identity and pay homage to her Haitian roots.

The Gallery Of African Art (GAFRAwill show the exhibition from 12th May – 17th June 2017.


Visitor Information

Opening times: Monday – Friday, 10am-6pm | Saturday, 11am-5pm

Admission: FREE

Address: Gallery of African Art (GAFRA), 45 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JL

Nearest Underground Station: Green Park (Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)

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