Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa

Live Virtual Auction, 28 February 2023

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa
About the Session

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa is a dynamic collaborative project conceived by Strauss & Co to address the need for diversified representation of artists from across the African continent in the secondary market. Curated by Strauss & Co Heads of Sale, Kirsty Colledge and Kate Fellens, with input by seven international art experts with embedded knowledge of Africa; Serge Tiroche, Valerie Kabov, Heba Elkayal, Danda Jaroljmek, Anne Kariuki, Dana Endundo Ferreira, Kimberley Cunningham. Curatorial Voices presents collectors with a broad selection of work by leading contemporary artists alongside select pieces by important historical artists.


Sold for

ZAR 115 000
Lot 25
  • Kelechi Nwaneri; Time, People and Change 4
  • Kelechi Nwaneri; Time, People and Change 4
  • Kelechi Nwaneri; Time, People and Change 4


Lot Estimate
ZAR 100 000 - 150 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 115 000

About this Item

Nigerian 1994-
Time, People and Change 4

signed and dated 2019

mixed media on canvas
59 by 42cm excluding frame; 62 by 44,5 by 6cm including frame

Notes

Accompanied by a Patrizia Litty Art Consulting certificate of authenticity, signed by Patrizia Litty.

"My work is born out of the desire to represent the quiet interaction between our conscious and subconscious state of mind in relation to our environment. I believe that everything in our lives dances to the vibrations of the subconscious. A major feature of this pencil and charcoal series is the 'Black Figure', which is usually clad with symbols and motifs. These figures are inspired by the idea of scars and tribal marks, which represent our subconscious state. I use primarily West African iconography, mainly Adinkra, Uli, and Nsibidi symbols, as well as the lines and patterns found in Adire fabric, to create forms and figures which I draw alongside realistic subjects and serene settings, creating a surreal landscape. I create allegorical scenes that touch on mental health and social values, telling stories borne out of true experiences. The paintings I create explore scenes from my imagination, which I do my best to paint as vividly as I saw them." —Kelechi Nwanweri, 2019.

Kelechi Nwaneri is a self-taught mixed media artist. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Extension from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2015. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Nigeria and won the 2018 Spanish Embassy annual Visual Art Competition in Abuja.

Nwaneri started pursuing drawing during his third year in university. He was inspired by artists such as Kelvin Okafor, Arinze Stanley, and Ken Nwadiogbu and initially focused on pencil realism, which he later combined with acrylic and oil paints, watercolour, and collage. Nwaneri’s work focuses on issues around mental health, psychology, and social values. He uses his art to advocate for mental health awareness and applies uli, nsibidi, and adinkra iconography to create surrealistic landscapes that explore metaphysical and allegoric imagery and concepts. He explains that his work is born out of the desire to represent the quiet interaction between our conscious and subconscious state of mind in relation to our environment. Nwaneri believes that everything in our lives dances to the vibrations of the subconscious.

A major feature of his pencil and charcoal series is the ‘Black Figure’, which is usually clad with symbols and motifs. These figures are inspired by the idea of scars and tribal marks which represent our subconscious state. Nwaneri uses primarily West African iconography, mainly Adinkra, Uli, and Nsibidi symbols, as well as the lines and patterns found in Adire fabric, to create forms and figures that he draws alongside realistic subjects and serene settings, creating a surreal landscape. He creates allegorical scenes that touch on mental health and social values, telling stories borne out of true experiences. His paintings explore vivid scenes from his imagination.

Biography courtesy of Africa First.

Provenance

Patrizia Litty Art Consulting, Franschoek, 2019.

Africa First, 2023.

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