Paint Exhibition – Eccentricities captured on Canvas
The Village Opera House art gallery is hosting its latest art exhibition simply titled ‘Paint’ with an array of eccentric to visually prepossessing paintings composed by ten different artists. This impressive exhibition runs until 28 April.
The exhibition, organised by the Arts Association Heritage Trust showcases a wide variety of paintings from mixed media artwork to acrylic and oil on canvas. The pieces range from abstract paintings to three dimensional paintings of landscape and human subjects.
Although most of the works are striking, artists such as Nambowa Malua captured the attention of the audience at the opening ceremony. It was noticeable how the guests lingered in front of his dramatic images of human subjects in motion.
Malua’s paintings appear smeared and smudged to the human eye, as though he sculpted his subjects rather than painting them with a brush. Malua stated that his work is inspired by the African experience, the people, the land, and supernatural energies. He studied visual arts at the University of Namibia.
Furthermore, examples of work that can only be described as divinely peculiar are Tuli Mekondjo’s mixed media painting titled ‘trapped conscious’. The painting displays the human brain attached to what looks like a spinal cord with tree branches. Tuli, a self-taught artist told the Economist that painting comes naturally to her and that this particular piece was inspired by the confinement of the brain.
Artists featured in this exhibition are Foibe Amundaba, Silke Behrens, Barbara Böhlke, Francois de Necker, Nicky Marais, Jo Rogge, Rudolf Seibeb and Shafa Sheehama. The Arts Association Heritage Trust has one of the most comprehensive historical visual art collections in Namibia, legally safeguarded since 2006.