The first edition of the dusitD2 Nairobi Art Gallery took place at the Dusit D2 Den, or conference hall. It was organized by Charles Murito, the Google Kenya Country Manager, and Michael Metaxas the GM of Dusit D2.
They have established the monthly one-day event as a way of giving back to the community.
The free art show exhibited nine works from upcoming and established artists who live in different parts of the country. The show provided a platform on which they could display their pieces without paying any charges as well as get discovered. In my opinion, two distinctive artists dominated the art show:
- Teddy Mwae, who uses the feel line technique in his pieces as a way to reach out to the blind art enthusiast. He also depicts his mother and sister in all his pieces, who he says are his main source of inspiration.
- Mary Ogembo, who has been in the art industry for 16 years. Her pieces are inspired by the African woman. She depicts her beauty and daily activities and overlooks the negative stereotypes. She also uses the earthy rich tones with bright colours.
The event also catered for kids as it showcased kid artists, Zacharia Odhiambo, Prince Kurugu, Patrick Mutune, Edward Arunga, Malli Soi and Rani Shah. They were taught by eminent Artist Patrick Mukabi commonly known as Panye. He was at the event to guide young artistes and fans on painting sessions. He spoke to MumsVillage exclusively, “I did not have a place where I could learn art when I was growing up, so I decided to open one in which I have formulated a simple plan and materials to cater for different age groups.” said Panye.
Here are some of the kids deeply engrossed in the painting activities:
The event was definitely the best place to bond with children and enjoy some of the best of what Kenyan art has to offer.