Dr Lilian Nabulime (Ugandan, born 1963)
Agnes, 2019Signed ‘Nabulime LN 2019’ (lower back)
61.2 x 16 x 17.1 cm (including base)
Ksh 195,000 – 270,000
(US$) 1,800 – 2,500
Provenance: Direct from the artist

Lilian Mary Nabulime is a prominent Ugandan sculptor, and senior lecturer of Sculpture at the Margaret Trowell School of Fine Arts, Kampala. She uses a range of materials including clay, stone and wood to create expressive works that embody social and feminist agendas and attempt to promote discussion as well as pushing the meaning of art beyond the visual.

This sculpture is from a recent series of portraits of women, named after the artist’s sister and portrays a powerful yet gentle woman. Covering her head, blue symbolises calm and the red lips symbolise beauty. Nabulime says “The sculpture therefore represents a calm woman who is strong and will not accept intimidation, faces challenges and succeeds in life in a gentle way”.

Nabulime holds a PhD in Fine Art from Newcastle University, UK. She has exhibited her work worldwide with multiple solo and group exhibitions in the USA, UK, Norway and Sweden. She has also been the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including the Commonwealth Fellowship Award, UK in 1997 and 2012. She recently participated in a residency at the Bezalel Art Academy and the School of Fine Art in Israel.