The Colors of Africa

Tuesday-Saturday October 2-27 12-5pm

Contemporary Kenyan Painting
by
Charles Githrie and James Muratha Michugu

Reception Saturday October 13 3-6pm
Open during Lowell Open Studios

Charles Githrie was born in Ngecha village in the Kiambu District of Kenya, and learned to love art in school. His interest in art was rekindled after meeting other young artists in Ngecha. He began to work with them, and joined the Gallery Watatu in Nairobi. In 2000, Charles was thrilled to be invited to exhibit his art t the United Nation’s headquarters in Keyna. Since then Charles has participated in art exhibitions, events and festivals as far away as Africa and as near as the Brush Gallery in Lowell. Charles’ dream is to see artists world-wide be free to express themselves globally and without limits.

James Muratha Michugu is also from Ngecha, Keyna. He is an interdisciplinary artist who, while primarily self-taught, was exposed to art and opportunity as a young man. James learned to use colors creatively from his teachers who encouraged him to develop his artistic talents. He studied art at the Ngechi YMCA Polytechnic and joined the Ngechi Artists Association. James has taken workshops, and worked as a print technician with an international group of printmakers. He has exhibited in London, Japan, South Africa and Boston. His mostly abstract, figurative paintings express his inner feelings, which explode as forms and colors on his canvases and works on paper.

Curated by Mary Ann Kearns

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