Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present

Live Virtual Auction, 19 February 2024

Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present
About the Session

From Thomas Baines to Jake Aikman, Curatorial Voices: African Landscapes, Past and Present will showcase art by pioneering modernist and trailblazing contemporary artists, spanning 175 years of visual landscape painting on the African continent. This comprehensive auction reveals a nuanced understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, and environmental contexts that have shaped artistic representations of the landscape. Through an examination of various themes, the auction seeks to engage viewers in a dialogue that transcends time and space, connecting past representations to contemporary perspectives. The auction attempts to engage with the diversity of artists that have shaped and continue to shape the depiction of Africa through time.

The auction invites viewers on a captivating journey through the artistic expressions that mirror the multifaceted nature of African terrain. Through meticulous  curation and insightful analysis, the catalogue aspires to be a valuable resource for scholars, art enthusiasts and anyone eager to embark on a thought-provoking exploration of Africa’s rich and complex artistic heritage.

Curatorial Voices
Recognising the dynamic discourse surrounding African Landscape, both past and present, the auction features texts by invited contemporary curators responding to the auction selection and themes. As external voices, they provide critical insights into the complexities of the landscape theme. By amplifying these contemporary perspectives, the exhibition seeks to bridge the gap between traditional representations and the ever-evolving discourse on the role of African art within the global art market.

Azza Satti, Independent Curator, Kenya
Azu Nwagbogu, Founder and Director of the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), Nigeria
Camilla van Hoogstraten, Head of Sales, Latitudes Online
Ugoma Ebilah, Curator, Gallerist & Founder of Bloom Art
Nkgopoleng Moloi, Independent Curator, South Africa

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Lot 33
  • Tegene Kunbi; Untitled
  • Tegene Kunbi; Untitled
  • Tegene Kunbi; Untitled

Lot Estimate
ZAR 150 000 - 200 000
Selling Price
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About this Item

Ethiopian 1980-

signed and dated 2022 on the reverse

oil and textile on canvas
124 by 103cm excluding frame; 126 by 105 by 5,5cm including frame


The present lot is in Berlin, Germany. For shipping enquiries, please contact Please note that delivery costs and any additional import or other taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Working from small- to large-scale, Tegene Kunbi’s works have developed into a distinctive use of colour blocking and mixing. He utilises heavily textured oils and bright, colourfully patterned textiles to refer to his home country, Ethiopia. With a defined interest in landscape and the dialectic power of colour and form, Kunbi’s practice is a contraction of push and pull between the materiality of the works and his subject matter. Referencing the land and cultural signifiers of his home country, he searches for harmony between all the elements at play. He layers texture upon texture, and colour upon colour as he looks for the character within each work. It is the challenge of the everyday that defines the possible future outcomes of each work, which is an amalgamation of time he spends with each piece. The results are maps of places, people, and lived histories.

This lot has been selected by Curatorial Voice: Camilla van Hoogstraten.

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