Art Auction East Africa 2022 Lot 48 Joseph Bertiers

Joseph Bertiers (Kenyan, born 1963)
Jubilation at Last, 2022
Signed ‘Bertiers/22’ lower left
Oil on canvas
120.5 x 185.5 cm
Ksh 600,000 – 800,000
(US$) 5,200 – 6,950
Provenance: direct from the artist
Sold Ksh 587,000

Beginning his career as a sign writer, Bertier’s celebrated satirical paintings and found-metal sculptures often focus on socio-political paradoxes that exist in Kenyan society. Bertiers’ has exhibited throughout Europe and the USA. In 2011 he had a solo exhibition at Fred’s Gallery in London, who he also exhibited with at Basel Art Fair and the Johannesburg Art Fair in 2012. His paintings feature regularly at the annual Africa Now auction at Bonhams, London and he is represented in many important local and international private and corporate collections including the Jean Pigozzi collection of African art and he shows regularly in Los Angeles.

This new painting is a celebration of the recent Kenya general election and features an array of Kenyan and international politicians and other well-known characters amidst the chaos of the streets, bars and daily lives of Kenyan people and the animals they live alongside.