Yosef Lule (Ethiopian, born 1978)
Past and Future I, 2016
Signed ‘Yosef Lule 2009’ (lower left)
Oil on canvas
119.5 x 99 cm
Provenance: direct from the artist
Past and Future I is a piece from Yosef Lule’s continuing body of works that derive inspiration from the changing face of his city, Addis Ababa. Although rendered with confident brush strokes, Lule’s cityscapes pose searching questions about the effects of modern urbanization on culture, traditions and lifestyle.
Lule graduated from the Addis Aaba University, Alle School of Fine Arts and Design in 2001 with a Diploma in Painting. He is a co-founder of the Habesha Art Studio, established in 2001. His works have been shown in solo exhibitions in Ethiopia and France and many selected group exhibitions including Addis Calling, Addis Fine Art Gallery, Addis Ababa, 2016 and Addis Contemporary, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, 2015.