David RichLocal Implications, 1994-2020 31 Oct - 28 Nov 2020 These paintings are grounded in everyday situations, the neighborhood and the studio. And also involve a more intimate level, that of our synapses. Specific but not literal, places for seeing...
Ben Ajaero - PaintingsART IN AFRICA 19 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 Ben Ajaero is a leading member of his generation whose work is imbued with remarkable elegance and lyrical beauty that consistently speaks to the reality of Africa's existence. An astute...
Wosene Worke KosrofWords Matter, Two 25 Jun - 31 Aug 2020 I don’t pre-sketch paintings; my process is inchoate and exploratory: the interplay of accident and intention, of mastery and uncertainty, of curiosity and discovery. Quick-drying acrylics allow me to easily build and destroy colors and figures on canvas. I use a wide-ranging palette, from bold primary colors to muted tones that look almost repellent on my palette, but that smoothly integrate into a composition; to black and white paintings with bare touches of color; to works in several tones of a single color.
Since my student years at the School of Fine Art in Addis Ababa (1967-1972), American jazz has asserted a significant influence on my painting. Like jazz music, the script provides a repertoire of dense, yet supple, elements that lend themselves well to visual improvisation. Jazz also influences my sense of composition: like improvisational music, the language symbols can be juxtaposed on canvas in nonverbal ‘word-plays’ to create a visual language of form and color, rhythm and movement.
Wosene Worke Kosrof. 2020