By Ogova Ondego
Published April 21, 2014
An exhibition of paintings, woodcut prints and drawings inspired by a visiting artist’s experience in Kenya and created over 30 months starts at Nairobi National Museum on May 3, 2014.
Having visited Kenya for the first time in April 2011, the artist, Clinton Kirkpatrick, returned to the country in October 2012 to work as an artist.
“Each experience of the place, people and culture,” he says, “was translated into painting and, after 2012, woodcut printmaking.”
Both painting and printmaking shall be represented in the exhibition dubbed ‘Where he ran, and returned to’ and that shall be accommodated in the Creativity Gallery of NNM. It ends on May 31, 2014.
“My work explores place, time, identity and journey. Kenya became a fundamental part of my development as an artist and it has greatly shaped the artist I am today,” says the artist who appears to love colour and whose work is vibrant and appears strong enough to reach out and grab the viewer’s attention.
Clinton, from Belfast in Northern Ireland, says he hopes his solo exhibition in Nairobi will be colourful, inspiring and start conversation.
“One of the most important aspects of this exhibition is that the people and place that the work is all about will get to see it,” says Clinton, a Painting and Drawing graduate from University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, UK.
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