James Mbuthia Exhibition 2016
About James Mbuthia and the exhibition
Born in 1958 in the Banana Hill area of the country, James is a 'self taught' artist whose practice is primarily as a painter, although his creativity stretches to numerous other media. Aside from being a professional artist he also teaches children with disability and those who are under privileged.
"Imaginations in colour"
Violent weekly demonstrations, corruption endemic throughout the very fabric of the country with every member of the population being affected, uncertain education opportunities, cruelty to animals, poor health facilities, an environment which is being degraded by the second and the basic lack of moral fibre in the youth are all issues which inform Mbuthia's paintings; he paints the exact opposite! Animals and birds eat and move contentedly through his rolling countrysides; picture postcard houses dot the landscape, a church always in their midst.
Humans walk through perfect rural landscapes in what appears to be blissful happiness and yet, often the faces are segmented. Could there be a certain duality lurking below the perfection? Could Mbuthia be asking his audience to look beneath the obvious? Could there be a more complex message in these pleasing images?
Please come to the exhibition to speculate for yourself.
More on James Mbuthia
Preview of Works
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