Sebastian Kiarie (Kenyan, born 1971)
Street Boys, 1993
Signed ‘Kiarie ‘93’ (lower middle)
Oil on canvas
98 x 77.3 cm
Ksh 180,000 – 250,000
(US$) 1,900 – 2,600
Provenance: Direct from the artist via Banana Hill Art Gallery
Sebastian Kiarie’s career began in the early 1990s as part of the Ngecha village art community. He says, “as opposed to painting objects accurately and informatively, I paint with an intent to capture the essence and feeling of a given moment. I have an interest in personal mythologies, and symbolism is evident in my work, both in stylized figures and using colours subjectively”.
Kiarie has exhibited in Germany, the US, UK, Japan, Zambia, South Africa, South Korea and U.A.E.
This painting is an early work – showing a group of street children getting into trouble and is typical of Kiarie’s narrative style, allowing the viewer their own interpretation of the subject.