Doreen Mandawa (Tanzanian, 1929 – 2021)
The Mosque Temeke (III), 1983
Signed ‘D.Mandawa 83.’ (lower right)
Oil on board-mounted canvas
37.5 x 28 cm
Ksh 170,000 – 340,000
(US$) 1,500 – 3,000
Provenance: private collection

Born in Scotland in 1929, Doreen Mandawa studied art at the Sunderland College of Art from 1959. She spent a number of years active in anti-apartheid campaigns and the human rights struggle in England before moving to Tanzania with her family in 1964, where Mandawa lived and worked as a prolific painter and educator until her death in 2021.

Mandawa has become well regarded for her impressionistic paintings: she has exhibited frequently in Dar es Salaam, as well as in Kenya, Canada and the UK. In 2019 a retrospective of her work was held at the National Museum of Tanzania, to mark both her and the museum’s 90th year.