Lot 26 Stephen Kasumba (Ugandan, born 1960) Carrying Gifts, 2000, at the Art Auction East Africa 2019

Stephen Kasumba (Ugandan, born 1960)
Carrying Gifts, 2000
Signed ‘KASUMBA 2000’ (lower right)
Oil on canvas
132 x 100 cm

Ksh 330,000–440,000
(US$ 3,000–4,000)
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Provenance: private collection

Stephen Kasumba studied at Kyambogo University, Kampala, and later at the Margaret Trowell School of Fine Arts, where he completed his postgraduate study in Fine Art.

Kasumba’s lusciously colourful paintings often play with subverting pictorial conventions as a way to create modern images, inspired by Buganda legends and traditions. Carrying Gifts shows Kasumba’s directness of touch, allowing his brush marks to remain full and fresh.

Kasumba has exhibited locally and internationally. In the early-nineties he won an art prize that sent him to France, where he met the German artist Matthias Koerner with whom he held joint exhibitions at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel in 1996 and in Cottbus, Germany the same year. In 2001 he participated in the Thupelo artist workshop and exhibition in South Africa in 2001.