Woah. As an art lover and a beginner painter, finding myself in the Sarit Center for the Kenya Art Fair 2016 felt like I had died and resurrected in heaven. A heaven filled with art maestros where they spend their days explaining their thoughts to eager thespians. This must be how Donald Trump felt on the morning of November 9th. Woah. Talk about being overwhelmed by beauty. Because that’s what this event celebrates- beauty of the mind. Before I proceed I’d like to give a big thank-you to all the artists who showcased their work at the art fair. Thank you for sharing with us the beauty of the thoughts you don’t say aloud.
The Kenya Art Fair is an annual event that occurs at around this time (November) every year. It runs for three days from 10am to 6pm. The venue was the Sarit Center, which provided lots of room for the oohs and aaahs that followed each piece of art. There were painting works, sculptures as well as photography on display.
The event attracted the old and young combined, as all art does. Entry was free! There were several artists in the room which gave fans a chance to strike conversations with them. Michael Soi, Patrick Mukabi, Kamal Shah, Kuona Trust, Brush Tu, Dust Depo and several other artists and organizations were present.
I’ll let my photos give you a glimpse of what went down at the event 🙂
It was lovely seeing other galleries I’d never heard about at the expo as well. There were artists from Uganda as well- Njovu Art Studio (not pictured)
Wood paints courtesy of Wajukuu Art Project based in Sinai
Exhibition hall with more paintings
The Dust Depo corner. Fun fact, they are the first organization with kid painters as part of the team. Their studio is located at the Railway Museum
These are recycled materials. He’s used vinyl stickers to create all the pieces. The theme is, what you see outside doesn’t represent the inner. Bottom right- you see a young boy on the outside, but on the inside he’s a wise old man. Top left, second piece is a young girl who’s a visionary on the inside (the eagle represents that). Courtesy of Mike Musyoka of Brush Tu Studio.
More beautiful pieces
Her eyes say ‘come to me’. This felt like a very warm painting to me
Prince also had his paintings on display. He is 16 years old and part of the Dust Depo Studio.
Loads of people streaming in to enjoy the beautiful artwork on display. Check out this metal sculpture
“Covered Up” by Eddy Ochieng was definitely one of my favourites at the exhibition. Impressive detailing!
“Stalker” by Davis Mutwiri also caught my eye. Doesn’t this guy just look like a stalker? Definitely not something I’d stare hard at before bed
Would you buy this amazing butterfly sculpture?
The hallways occupied by artists and fans
Hitler reaching out to Trump 🙂 This painting mocks The Creation of Adam, a painting by Michelangelo which forms part of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling.
c/o The Creation of Adam Painting by Michelangelo
“Tailor”. I can’t remember who the painting is by, but it really caught my eye.
Obama walking through
More and more galleries couldn’t miss out. Circle Art Gallery, Fundii Arts Centre Muthaiga, Fek Fek Art Studio, Diani Beach Art Gallery, Bobea Art Centre Donholm etc. were also in attendance (not pictured)
Trump heading to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue painting by Michael Soi
She looks like a mermaid
This is definitely an event I won’t be missing out on ever again. You can visit any of these studios to see more amazing artwork by very talented people. I know I will 🙂
“Best stand” winner was Brush Tu Studio
(Photos taken using LG Nexus 5)