Eria (Sane) Nsubuga (Ugandan, born 1979)
Joy Ride to the City (Zechariah 2:8), 2014
Signed ‘SANE ‘14’ (lower right)
Mixed media on canvas
122 x 123cm
Sold Ksh 206,624
Provenance: direct from artist
Sane graduated from Makerere University in 2008 with a MA in sculpture from the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts. He currently lectures at the Department of Art and Design at the Ugandan Christian University in Mukono and practices painting, illustration and sculpture. Sane’s first solo exhibition took place at AKA Gallery in 2002. Since then he has had a succession of solo exhibitions in Kampala and exhibited at the KLA ART 012 (Kampala Contemporary Art Festival) in 2012, Milan Triennale in 2007 and the Florence Biennale in 2011. He has participated in group exhibitions at the Rahuset Exhibition Hall in Copenhagen, the Art Museum in Shanghai and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
This painting ‘Joyride to the city’ is about the transport sector, which is very much in need of an overhaul in Kampala. ‘The potholed roads and the way people and animals are transported are shocking to outsiders but very normal to Ugandans. We seem to have become used to having everything broken.’ The superscripted text on the painting is from Zechariah 2: 8 in Dutch and English.