Auction Media Coverage

Collectors say they’re taking a closer look at contemporary African art now because the continent’s whole scene is making a seismic break with tradition. Samit Gehlot … said he started going to pop-up shows and auctions of contemporary African art organized by Circle Art Agency three years ago.

Circle Art Agency and quote by Danda Jaroljmek in The Wall Street Journal
The New Face of African ArtWall Street Journal 13 May 2016
Four pieces at this year’s auction sold for more than a million Kenyan shillings ($100,000). That’s double the number of the year before – showing a marked growth potential. And that trajectory, as well as the interest from both local and international clientele, is heading steadily upwards.
Circle Art Agency in CNN
Why ‘outstanding’ and ‘affordable’ African art is so hot right nowCNN Style 16 February 2016

t Circle’s auction this month at a five-star Nairobi hotel, the top-selling work, a painting by Ugandan artist Geoffrey Mukasa, went for $15,656. The sale also featured Ethiopia’s Dawit Abebe, Uganda’s Eli Kyeyune and Sudan’s Rashid Diab.

Kenyans boost East African art sceneCitizen 15 November 2015

“The development of modern and contemporary African art certainly is one of the most exciting parts of the art market at the moment,” said Giles Peppiatt, director of Modern and Contemporary African Art at Bonhams. “What is being produced here is just as good as anywhere else in Africa,” said auctioneeer Dendy Easton, formerly of Sotheby’s. “It’s really very good value.”

Circle Art Agency press coverage in Reuters
Auction houses, wealthy Kenyans boost East African art sceneReuters 14 November 2015

Since it’s founding in 2012 this auction house in Nairobi, Kenya has seen an influx of clients willing to bid high. Source: CNN

Circle Art Agency in CNN
Nairobi bids high on art sceneCNN

The highest artwork, a painting of oil on canvas dubbed ‘At Home’ by Ugandan artist Geoffrey Mukasa that depicts human relationship with the environment and animals, sold at Sh1.6 million. South Sudan’s artist Rashid Diab’s acrylic on canvas dubbed ‘Out of Focus’ anchored on Sudanese heritage was also bid at the same amount.

Regional auction magnifies hidden treasure in artPeople Weekend 7-8 November 2015

The third annual Circle Art Agency auction drew close to 300 artists, art lovers and collectors of modern and contemporary art, recording more than US$187,000 in sales. Dickens Otieno participated in the auction and joins CNBC Africa to talk about the art industry in Kenya.

KENYA’S ART ACTION DRAWS $187 000 – VideoCNBC AFRICA 6 November 2015

Organised by the Circle Art Agency, now in its third year, the auction saw art lovers turn up to enjoy the work of artists like Dawit Abebe, Peterson Kam- wathi and Jak Katarikawe. The auction had the highest bid at Sh1.7 million.

The Third East African Art AuctionThe Star 6 November 2015

Over the last three years, Circle Art has been masterful in marketing East African art, figuring out innovative ways of raise interest, awareness and investment potential among prospective art-lovers. They have targeted primarily new clients, especially ones with disposable incomes which they will ideally spend on East African art.

Circle Art Auction media coverage in Business Daily
…artists whose works sold for a total of Sh19.5 millionBDLife 6 November 2015

East Africa’s first visual art advisors, Circle Art Agency hosted the 3rd Modern and Contemporary East African art auction on Tuesday evening at Villa Rosa Kempinksi Hotel, Nairobi.

Circle Art Auction 2015 in Peoples Daily
Circle’s 3rd Annual Modern and Contemporary East African Art auction at Villa Rosa KempinskiPeople Daily 5 November 2015

“Well, each country is incredibly different, but I think the commonality is really that it [the East] is less known than other regions in Africa,” said Jaroljmek. “And we are trying to raise that awareness and to expose artists from this region, and to bring in international and local buyers, to make sure that they are aware of the great art that is here.”

Danda Jaroljmek interviewed on Voice of America
Nairobi Auction Showcases Growing East Africa Art SceneVoice of America 4 November 2015

Today an amazing art auction took off at Nairobi’s Kempinski Hotel, artists showcased their art through the Circle Art Agency

Circle Art Gallery in Daily Nation
Art auction founder tells of her art experience – VIDEODaily Nation 3 November 2015

The Circle Modern and Contemporary East African Auction follows the lead and success of London based Bonhams and Nigeria based Arthouse Contemporary auctions which have staged regular art auctions in a bid to build the emerging African art market. The Circle auction, the only one in East Africa; has transformed the art scene in Kenya, creating enormous interest in East African art regionally and internationally.

East African art market ready for International recognition -Q&A with Circle Art Agency Director, Danda JaroljmekSTART 3 November 2015

The six countries include Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Namibia and South Africa, from where the 51 lots will be auctioned.

Some of the artists that will be featured include 94-year-old Edward Njenga, Dawit Abebe, Rashid Diab, Jak Katarikawe, John Muafangejo, Charles Sekano.

Circle Art Auction 2015 media coverage in
Kenya: All Set for Circle Art’s Auction 29 October 2015

All 51 artworks being auctioned that night were up this past weekend at Circle Art Gallery in a public preview that strongly suggested this third Circle Art collection is the most impressive one assembled to date. Another public preview is currently on at the Kempinski ballroom, up until noon of auction day.

Circle Art Auction media coverage in Business Daily
Incredible art works on show in the cityBDLIFE: ARTS AND CULTURE 30 October 2015

November 3 will be the annual Circle Art Agency’s Modern and Contemporary East African Art Auction at the Villa Rosa Kempinski, Nairobi. This will be the third edition of the auction, which is the only one in East Africa, following the lead of London’s Bonhams and Nigeria’s Arthouse auctions. According to founder and director of Circle Art Agency, Danda Jaroljmek, the auction has garnered international recognition and has seen the re- introduction of artists from the region.
“Hosting the [auction] gives us a unique opportunity to introduce modern masters and cutting edge contemporary artists from six countries…” she said.

All set for Circle Art’s Auction 2015The Star 29 October 2015

Enjoy the thrill of the chase for that perfect piece of art suited to your taste and budget and the joy of finding it. At the upcoming annual East African art auction, you might even get a steal!

Circle Art Auction 2015 in Peoples Daily
Here’s a chance to buy East African art like a collectorPeople Daily 23 October 2015

On Wednesday, East Africa’s first visual art advisors Circle Art Agency, hosted the media for an exclusive preview of the 51 Lots to be auctioned at the upcoming third Modern and Contemporary East African Art Auction. Highlights in the auction will be a selection of rare Tanzanian art from the 70s, which was collected by the late hotelier Emerson Skeens.

Circle Art Auction 2015 in Peoples Daily
Lot preview for Modern and Contemporary East Africa Art Auction @Circle Art AgencyPeople Daily 23 October 2015

Circle Arts’ third Modern and Contemporary East African Art Auction will take place the following Tuesday, November 3, in the Ballroom of the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel.

Circle Art Auction media coverage in Business Daily
November jam-packed with art eventsBusiness Daily 23 October 2015

Danda Jaroljmek wears many hats. She is not only an artist herself, but also an art consultant and, more recently, an auctions director and curator. Living in Kenya since 1997, she and two co-founders started the Circle Art Agency in 2012 to focus on building local and international markets for East African artists. Today, Circle has grown into a thriving institution, offering annual auctions that attract bidders from all over the world.

This year’s auction will be held on November 3, 2015, and features contemporary and modern African artists such as Dawit Abebe, Peterson Kamwathi, Jak Katarikawe, and many others. Here, Jaroljmek explains the history of the Circle Art Agency, and why collectors should take notice of the developing East African art scene. Read more

Artnet News media feature onDanda Jaroljmek
artnet Asks: Danda Jaroljmek on Collecting Contemporary and Modern African ArtArtnet News 23 October 2015

Featuring 51 artists from six different African countries, the heavily anticipated Circle Art Auction took place on November 3 and grossed over Sh18.7 million on the night, with 85% of the lots sold.

Circle Art Gallery in Daily Nation
It’s raining art in Nairobi! Hallelujah …Daily Nation 7 November 2014

For the second year in a row, the Kenyan capital was the venue for a unique auction of contemporary African art, in which works by 51 East African artists sold for $200,000 on Monday.

Nairobi auction highlights growing interest in African artFox News Latino 9 Dec 2014

Circle Art Agency is planning the second art auction following the success of the inaugural auction in November 2013. This year’s auction will feature 51 artists from six East African countries. The pieces have increased to 57, from last year’s 47.

Circle Art Auction is back, bigger and betterThe Star 30 October 2014

Expectations are high as Circle Art Agency confirmed it’s got an eye for artistic excellence, not just evident at last year’s auction, but also visible at the various ‘pop up’ exhibitions held in the past two years.

Circle Art Auction media coverage in Business Daily
East African art auction to draw spenders, collectorsBusiness Daily 16 Oct 2014

…surely Kyeyune must be the African Matisse. His certainty of line and ability to describe volume and the weight of flesh with a few confident passes put him among the continent’s masters.

African goddess by forgotten masterThe East African 16 Oct 2014

It was the poor relation of the art world, but now a new generation of experimental and increasingly exciting East African painters is turning heads and filling auction houses. But the revolution didn’t happen on its own — Daniel Howden meets the Nairobi innovators reinventing the market

East Africa’s art boomBritish Airways High Life August 2014

West and South Africa are well established on the world stage for contemporary art, but what exactly does East African art look like? Presently, with the international lens so focused on African art, collectors are actively exploring the region to discover new talent. Circle Art Agency, Kenya’s first independent art agency, is on a quest to convey the face of art in East Africa today.

Circle Art Gallery in Daily Nation
New Nairobi agency unveils the best of EA artDaily Nation 4 July 2014

An auction in Nairobi of modern and contemporary art from across East Africa in November attracted large crowds and buyers for works like a woodcut plate of a cow with a barcode by the young Kenyan artist Peterson Kamwathi.

Auction in Nairobi attracted large crowds & buyersNew York Times 8 January 2014

Kenya also held its first commercial auction of East African art in the capital, Nairobi, which saw totals bids of more than $215,000 (£131,000).

Africa in 2013 ten things we’ve learnt: African art is big businessBBC News Africa 24 December 2013

“It’s a positive step for the market in east African art, it opens up the art scene,” said Sudanese artist Eltayeb Dawel Beit, most recently working on an installation for the lobby of PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ new Nairobi office.

East Africa art on rise as Kenya holds first commercial auctionNews 24 Kenya
Kenya: East Africa’s debut art auction whets investor appetiteFinancial Times Blogs
The Circle Art Agency is keen to expose local and international collectors to the wealth of artistic talent that exists in East Africa.
East Africa’s first Modern and Contemporary Art Auction being held in Nairobi this monthMsafiri November 2013

#Kenya: East African art coming of age? 1st commercial auction in Nairobi @circleartagency interview with Danda Jaroljmek, director, Circle Art Agency.

East African art coming of ageRadio France Internationale

Buyers snapped up works for more than $200,000 at east Africa’s first commercial art auction, organisers said today (5th November), hailing the success of an event that highlighted the rise of the region’s art scene.

Circle Art Gallery in Daily Nation
Booming sales in first auction of East African artDaily Nation 6 November 2014