It was an absolute pleasure to visit Gallery of African Art in Mayfair London for their latest art exhibition. ÀSÌKÒ AND EVANS MBUGUA are the artists showcasing their pieces in the gallery. The Gallery’s first floor shows artistically shot images by Asiko juxtaposed with natural light coming from the gallery entrance. On the other hand, the gallery basement sees the works of the Kenyan artist who now resides in Paris.
While the works of the two artists defer aesthetically, one thing we learnt through speaking with them was their love for humanity and most especially celebrating women. Women play a very central role in Asiko’s works, who credits this influence to her mother and relatives. During our Q & A with him he adds that he can’t seem to define women because women are uniquely made and finds it hard to define even though they are key subject in his work.
The pop of colour that radiates through Evans work made us really happy (‘glowing colours’). His works could remind you of a bit of
Chris Ofili as one of the visitors pointed out and some may assume there might be an influence of Andy Warhol in his work. The dots on the portraits may as well remind you of the legendary Yayoi Kusama but there is something about the pieces being showcased at Gallery of African Art. From the stories behind each character in Evans’ work to the process of producing each art piece using digital and traditional methods, we couldn’t imagine but be in awe of the brilliant works of the artist.
This exhibition as well as the opportunity to be in the artist talk hosted by the Gallery was an incredible experience. We definitely recommend visiting the gallery to check out the exhibition and subscribe to their mailing list to get updates on the next artist talk.
Check out some shots from the GAFRA’s art exhibition opening:
Image Credit: GAFRA