Art Auction East Africa 2022 Lot 32 John January Linda

John January Linda (Tanzanian, 1947 – death date unknown)
Cranes and Owl, circa 1970
Signed ‘J LINDA’ (lower middle)
Enamel on board
60 x 61 cm – framed
Ksh 265,000 – 395,000
(US$) 2,000 – 3,000
Provenance: Private collection
Sold Ksh 469,600

Born in Mozambique, Linda was one of Edward Tingatinga’s cousins and his friend. He was one of the first five artists who studied under Tingatinga in the 60s. Of Makonde heritage, Linda helped Tingatinga prepare his paintings and soon began painting himself. His work differs from other ‘Tingatinga’ paintings by being less stylized and more expressive. After Tingatinga’s death in 1972, Linda moved to Bagamoyo where he stopped painting. This is therefore a very rare painting and one from the first generation of Tingatinga painters. It was bought in 1970 by an expat and later sold at auction to the current owner.