Art Auction East Africa 2022 Lot 23 Kamal Shah

Kamal Shah (Kenyan, born 1953)
Soul Sisters, 2014
Signed ‘signature 14’ (lower left)
Mixed media on canvas mounted on board
84.5 x 84.5 cm – framed
Ksh 270,000 – 350,000
(US$) 2,350– 3,050
Provenance: from the artists collection
Sold Ksh 305,240

Born in Kenya, Kamal Shah studied English Literature and Fine Art followed by a postgraduate diploma in Textile Design at Leeds University in the UK. In the early 1980s Shah was curator at the Rowland Ward Gallery in Nairobi, and a founding member and art-director of Kichaka, a multimedia workshop specialising in the printing of avant-garde African textiles. Since the mid-nineties, when Shah became a full-time artist, his paintings and mixed media works have drawn on his African, Asian and European upbringing, using motifs and references from across these cultures, often creating work that is spiritual in content or quality.

Shah is a renowned and popular artist in Nairobi; he has exhibited regularly in Nairobi, Copenhagen, Mumbai, Goa and London, including a group show entitled Sanctuary, Home Away, The Common Ground at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS University, London, in 2014.  He undertakes many commissions in Kenya and his work can be found in a number of corporate collections, such as Commercial Bank of Africa and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.