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.

  • Theresa Musoke; Hartebeest in Browns and Purple
  • Theresa Musoke; Hartebeest in Browns and Purple

Lot Estimate
ZAR 100 000 - 140 000
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About this Item

Ugandan 1944-
Hartebeest in Browns and Purple


oil on canvas
116,5 by 79,5 by 2,5cm, unframed


Theresa Musoke considers herself a semi-abstract painter and is best known for her expressive portrayals of East Africa’s abundant wildlife. Using a range of mediums to develop her imagery, her technique involves randomly dying cotton canvases and allowing the suggestive nature of the dye to guide her painting into evocative forms of animals and landscapes. Musoke first began to receive attention at the Margaret Trowell School of Fine Arts at Makerere University in 1963 in Kampala. A true pioneer, she was the first female artist to obtain a degree there. She went on to graduate and win the painting prize in 1965 and then obtained a scholarship to study for a postgraduate diploma in printmaking at the Royal College of Art in London, UK from 1965 to 1967. Musoke’s approach to painting brings together the precision of drawing – her fine draughtsmanship is evident in her drawings in ink and watercolour on paper – with a looser painterly style.

Musoke has been a highly influential figure in Kenyan and Ugandan art, not only for her celebrated visual practice but also as a teacher. After completing her studies, Musoke won a scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation for further studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Upon completion, she returned to Kampala and taught at Makerere University before relocating to Nairobi in 1976. She lived in Kenya for over 20 years and taught at different institutions including the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University. Throughout this time, Musoke exhibited frequently in local galleries such as Paa Ya Paa, Gallery Watatu, and the African Heritage House. Most recently her work was featured in the travelling group show Mwili Akili na Roho, at the Royal Academy of Art, London, UK and Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany and a retrospective group show at Circle Art Gallery with Tabitha wa Thuku and Yony Waite. Musoke has dedicated her life to making art and is still a prolific creator at age 79.

Biography courtesy of Circle Art Gallery.


Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, 2023.


Circle Art Gallery, Cromwell Place, London, East African Masters, 6 to 11 October 2022.

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