Mary Collis (Kenyan, born 1950)
False Bay Series, each painting is individually titled and dated, 2013
signed ‘Collis’ (verso)
oil on canvas
25.5 x 25.5cm
Ksh 180,000–200,000
US$ 2,045–2,270
Sold Ksh 293,500

Provenance: Direct from artist

Mary Collis was born in Nairobi where she has lived all her life, recently she has spent time in Cape Town, South Africa where these atmospheric seascapes of False Bay were painted. This is part of an ongoing series of small works painted from the same location on a daily basis that form a visual diary.

Over time Collis’ painting has become increasingly abstract. Her work is mostly a response to her surroundings, the light and her feelings; she is a renowned colourist. Collis has had numerous solo exhibitions in Africa, Europe and the U.S. She is a founder of RaMoMa, the Museum of Modern Art in Nairobi, shortly to be reopened under the name MOCA.