Got back from having coffee at the National Muesum with Yony Wai^te and James Muriuki - a follow-on from a magical visit to Yony's studio on the Athi Plains last week. I feel I've come full circle on this one.
When I first worked as a designer in Kenya 33 years ago, I was sent to commission Yony to do a 20 foot long mural for Samburu Lodge. Yony decided to paint the canvas whilst staying in a tiny apartment in California and so she never had a full impression of her output because the canvas had to wind round a few corners and through a couple of rooms. She then decided to transport it back to Kenya wrapped around her huge new desk-top computer.
As project designers, we awaited the unveiling of our masterpiece with some trepidation but miraculously, it arrived in almost perfect shape and after a few touch ups the monumental painting was successfully installed in the dining room of the lodge.
I am truly honoured to be curating this major show for Yony which we plan to hold at the National Museum towards the end of this year. In her exhibition, Yony will showcase her tree series about which she is passionate and on which she has been working for many years. Many of the paintings were made in California at her Father's cabin before it was sold following his death.
As curator of a Fine Art Gallery for over 25 years, I've met some highly original people and found myself in some unusual situations. I hope you enjoy my day to day adventures of running One Off Gallery in Nairobi, Kenya.