Eli Kyeyune (Ugandan, 1936 – 2000)
Untitled (Lady in Red), 1977
Signed ‘Eli KyeyunE 77’ (lower right)
Oil on board
76.1 x 50.6 cm
Ksh 550,000 – 880,000
(US$) 5,000 – 8,000
Provenance: Private collection

Sold Ksh 598,740

After graduating from Makerere School of Fine Arts in Kampala in 1962, Eli Kyeyune came to Nairobi where he joined Elimo Njau at the Chemi Chemi Cultural Centre. He has been recorded as the Treasurer at the first meeting of the Community of East African Artists in 1964.

Returning to Uganda, Kyeyune conducted ethnographic research with the Department of History at Makerere, and from 1995 to 1998 he lectured in Painting and Sculpture at the Design Centre, Institute of Teachers Education, Kyambogo.

Specializing in portraiture, Kyeyune’s oil paintings have been shown at exhibitions as far back as the Uganda Museum in 1964 and the New Stanley Gallery in Nairobi that closed in 1970. He is in many private and museum collections including the late Joseph Murumbi’s (Kenya’s first Vice-President) collection at the Kenya National Archives.

Kyeyune’s works have increased in collectability in the past years; they are always some of the auction’s oldest paintings, dating from the 70s and are consistently some of the most successful lots, becoming ever harder to find.

This painting has been cleaned and comes with a condition report.