Art Auction East Africa 2020 Lot 66 Wanyu Brush

Wanyu Brush (Kenyan, born 1947)
Come to Me, 1999
Signed ‘W.Brush. 99’ (lower right)
Oil on canvas
92.2 x 86.1 cm
Ksh 300,000 – 380,000
(US$) 3,100 – 4,000
Provenance: Direct from the artist via Banana Hill Art Gallery

Wanyu Brush co-founded the Ngecha Art Group with fellow artists including Sane Wadu, and was part of Ruth Schaffner’s stable of artists at Gallery Watatu. He became a widely exhibited and collected artist in the 1980s and 1990s, both locally and internationally.

Best known for his vibrant and chaotic configurations of human and animal forms, this painting is a rare find, still populated by multiple figures, the paint is less heavily applied and he has used a more subtle palette than is usual.