Presentation of contemporary African art


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A Sliema gallery showcases contemporary African art on the island with an exhibition by Ethiopian artist Dawit Adnew. It comes at a time when Malta has just opened an embassy in Ethiopia.

Adnew presents a collection of 19 works in acrylic painting, which closely resemble the work of French impressionist artist Paul Gauguin and which are sure to strike anyone who enjoys patterns in the arts of Africa, Asia. and French Polynesia.

Artist Dawit Adnew

Like Gauguin, Adnew’s use of vibrant colors seeks harmony among a range of colors and, like the French artist too, he contrasts his figures with the complementary blues and greens of the tropical landscape.

He has just replaced the Polynesian funds of the French artist with funds typical of his beautiful country.

Most of the time, Adnew’s characters also add their hue to the blues and greens with African textile patterns visible in their clothing.

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“My inspiration comes from movements that I always perceive in patterns, shapes and colors,” writes the artist in the exhibition catalog.

He is apparently also inspired by other European artists as one cannot help but notice his own take on Girl with a Pearl Earring by Dutch Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer in one of the works on display.

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“Like Gauguin, Adnew opposes his figures to the complementary blues and greens of tropical landscapes”

Born in Addis Ababa in 1973, Adnew graduated from Addis Ababa University, Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, in 1995 with a degree in graphic design. It was during his work as a professional print designer at the Adwa Textile Factory that he implemented flat art techniques.

His membership in Kitab Studio, where he interacted with studio members, allowed him to enrich his career while his membership as a founding member of Netsa Art Village led him to experiment with found objects and recycling.

Adnew has participated in over 30 group shows and one solo show in Ethiopia and Uganda.

The last few years have seen a sharp increase in sales of African art, with the growth attributed to a growing number of African museums, galleries and art fairs, which have also spread to Europe and the United States, progress in cultural infrastructure and to a developing affluent class in Africa.

“We still await further development of the contemporary African art market as the African continent continues to develop and more cultural institutions are established, as Africa’s growing upper class increases and the wealthy are increasingly turning to art for investment. African art will only continue to become more prevalent, making it the best time to invest in African art, ”said Christine Xuereb, owner of the Christine X Art Gallery, which hosts Adnew’s exhibition. .

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Title Cobbled street, the exhibition will open on Friday and run until November 21 at the Christine X Art Gallery in rue Tigné, Sliema. The opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. or by appointment. For any inquiries or to request a catalog of works of art, contact the gallery by e-mail [email protected] or by calling +356 9984 4653/2131 6708.

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