The Art of Ethiopia Exhibiton @ Life’n one on 4th-5th November 2016
4th and 5th of November 10am – 6pm on both days
We’ll be exhibiting the works of Ethiopian artists Henok Ayele, Workneh Bezu and Nahosenay Negussie at Life’n One, the life centre and cafe behind Magrudies.
I’m super excited to announce that Nahosenay will also be flying up from Ethiopia to attend the event, so you can chat to him in person about his eye-catching pieces.
Haven’t seen these fantastic artists’ works yet? Treat yourself to a little eye candy.
I spoke with Nehosenay – a young and talented Ethiopian artist with a keen eye for colour – earlier this week to find out where his creations come from, what he most wants people to know about himself and his pieces, and his first memories of making art.
My art comes from… the soul, with my passion for the natural world inspiring my art since I first put pencil to paper as child. I grew up in the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, and it was there that my love for nature and wilderness flourished. I’ve combined my love for living creatures with my interest in forming new mixed media that features vivid hues and saturated colors.
On the canvases on show at Life’n One… you’ll see that I’ve experimented with texture, paint splashes and a type of fabric called tibeb, which is the decoration or pattern handwoven in to the border of ‘shemma’ (cotton cloth, about 90 cm wide, woven in long strips and then sewn together to make clothing) traditionally worn by women and men in the northern and central highlands of Ethiopia.
My palette is influenced by the high chroma and warm tones of my country. To me, they speak of optimism and passion. I produce my artwork both consciously and unconsciously; Many of my previous works have explored animals; I do a lot of walking; I have this sort of deja vu of creating art when I was little; When I was a kid, I did a lot of drawing; I am influenced by legendary Ethiopian artists; I want to make a difference.