Jak Katarikawe (Ugandan, 1938 – 2018)
Flamingos, circa 2005
Signed ‘JAKKATARIKAWE’ (lower left)
Oil on paper
89.5 x 104.5 cm
Ksh 440,000 – 660,000
(US$) 4,270 – 6,400
Provenance: Private collection of Jeff Koinange
Jak Katarikawe grew up in rural southwest Uganda and is now one of East Africa’s best-known artist. As political oppression intensified in Uganda, Katarikawe relocated to Nairobi in 1981, where he became one of the artists who gained exposure through Ruth Schaffner’s Gallery Watatu.
Combining painting and storytelling, Katarikawe’s emotive portrayals of the dramas and dreams of village life have received international acclaim and been an inspiration to generations of young artists.
Extensively collected, Katarikawe’s paintings have been exhibited in Africa, Europe and the USA. Recently, they have been featured at the annual Bonhams, Africa Now auction in London.