KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka
AFTER a 16-year absence, Aaron Chungu has returned with his African Inspirations Art Exhibition, which opens today and runs until Sunday at the Lusaka Golf Club, where an array of very familiar artistes is exhibiting.
Poto Kabwe, Style Kunda, Nezias “Neziland” Nyirenda, Dean Mbalashi, Rabson Phiri, Adam Mwansa, Agness Buya Yombwe, Eddie Mumba, Victor Makashi, Patrick Mumba and Lawrence Yombwe are all taking part in the art exhibition.
“We aim to promote Zambian visual art into an entrepreneurial enterprise. We do this by organising art exhibitions featuring local talent,” read the notes obtained by the Weekend Mail.
“We believe our local art is a reservoir of our collective heritage and anchor of productive and sustainable tourism.”
It should be exciting for the arts aficionado. Or art vultures as someone called them.
Almost all the artists exhibiting have impressive credentials.
For instance, Kabwe’s work is represented in Oprah Winfrey’s private art collection and among his many commissions are the murals at Lusaka Museum and Dr Kaunda’s family portraits at the Chilenje old State House monument.
Makashi has taught art at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education in Zambia, and some of his former students are now prominent artistes themselves. In 2013, he was appointed as director of the Department of Arts and Culture in the Ministry of Tourism and Arts until his recent retirement.
Vincentio Phiri, born in Zimbabwe, came onto the art scene in the 70’s and is one of the early members of the printmaking group that used to meet at Evelyn Hone College. A self-taught artiste, he has travelled extensively. His works is abstract, similar to Jackson Pollock’s style of painting.
Painter and sculptor Agness Yombwe is one of the four original founder members of the Visual Arts Council of Zambia (VAC). She is a prolific and successful experimental artiste who has won seven awards and held several solo exhibitions. She has also undertaken prestigious studio residencies at the Edvard Munch Studio in Oslo, Norway, in 1995 and at the McColl Centre for Visual Arts in North Carolina, USA in 2002. Currently, she runs Wayi Wayi Art Studio and Gallery with husband Lawrence and daughter Yande in Livingstone, where she also mentors 15 girls.
There is a lot to say on all the artists exhibiting.
The best option is just to attend the exhibition.