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Leikun Nahusenay
Mothers 
2021
Paper peel and paint
100x70cm

R22,300.00 (unframed) 



Ethiopian artist Leikun Nahusenay draws on a diverse and multi-disciplinary practice in the making of his strongly patterned “paper peel” works. In Mothers we find a striking manifestation of his interest in the relationship between abstraction, ornamentation and figuration. The striped and checkered blue and white forms in the centre of the picture suggest robed figures protectively watching over a third figure crouched on the ground. The forms also evoke the crumples of a soft fabric falling. The juxtaposition of the three colour and pattern languages give prominence to the “background” of the scene, problematising the traditional Western art historical dominance of figure over ground.



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LEIKUN NAHUSENAY





While primarily identifying as a self-taught artist, Leikun Nahusenay (b. 1982, Addis Ababa) nonetheless completed his art degrees from the Ale School of Fine Arts (2006) and Teferi Mekonnen School (2011). His multidisciplinary practice is based in Addis Ababa, where he works from the Nas Gedame studio. He is also a member of the Netsa Art Village and contributes to the growing Ethiopian art scene.

His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, including filam (a)nt, Fondation Blachere (2019), Addis Calling, Addis Fine Art (2016); Draw Me A Castle, Alliance Ethio-Française (2011); and The Fine Line Between, Lela Gallery (2008) — all in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Recent solo exhibitions include The Guardians, Lela Art Gallery, Addis Ababa (2021) and a solo presentation with Addis Fine Art at 1:54 Art Fair in London (2019). 


 
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