About the exhibition
‘There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.’ Pablo Picasso
No colour has a neat unambiguous symbolism, but yellow gives some of the most mixed messages of all. It is the colour of pulsating life – of corn and gold and angelic halos – and it is also at the same time a colour of bile, and in its sulphurous incarnation it is the colour of the Devil. In animal life, yellow – especially mixed with black – is a warning. Don’t come near, it commands, or you will be stung or poisoned or generally inconvenienced. In Asia yellow is the colour of power – the emperors of China were the only ones allowed to sport sunshine-coloured robes. But it is also the colour of declining power. A sallow complexion comes with sickness; the yellow of leaves in autumn not only symbolises their death, it indicates it. The change shows that the leaves are not absorbing the same light energy that they used to take in when they were green and full of chlorophyll. It shows that they no longer have what it takes to nourish them.
Excerpt: Colour – Travels through the paintbox by Victoria Finlay
‘Yellow’ was curated following an open call for works containing a predominance of that colour. As with previous shows in the colour series, we are always surprised and delighted to receive works from artists not previously known to us, along with jewels from some of our established gallery artists.
In this new exhibition, we feel that works from Allan (Think) Kioko are of particular note, whilst Samuel Muriithi’s delicate water colour works exhibit an appealing sensitivity as do Merciana’s with her unusual choice of motor vehicle imagery. We have exhibited Zephaniah LuKamba’s beautifully rendered oils before. David Kipkoech steps up with a strong set of digital prints whilst veteran artists Kamal Shah, Olivia Pendergast, Sebawali Sio and Thom Ogonga exhibit works representative of their individual styles and vast experience. Irene Katumbi, Mumbi Maturi and Nyamenya are all strong emerging talents whilst Staice Shitanda shows his powerful Black I and Black II photographs previously exhibited in our virtual show Photography 20:20.
Preview of Works
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