Lots from 7 countries to lead Circle Art Agency’s Nairobi auction in February

The Circle Art Agency has announced the date for its next Modern and Contemporary East African Art Auction, which will take place on Monday, February 27, 2017 in Nairobi.

This year, Circle has selected 54 modern and contemporary artworks from both the secondary and primary markets from 7 countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia, and new this year, Seychelles and Zimbabwe.

As the first and only commercial art auction in East Africa, the last three editions have put East African art on the map. This 4th edition follows the success of 2015’s auction, which was the most successful by recording gross sales of over Kshs. 19.5 million with 4 lots fetching more than Kshs. 1 million each, proving there is a healthy art market in the region.

This year Circle has selected lots that are rare investment art from as early as 1958, current work from the most promising contemporary artists in the region, and artists whose work we have not presented before.

Rare works included in the auction are: A unique Jak Katarikawe from the 80s of a jealous young girl spying on her friend’s love tryst; an exquisite watercolour from Iranian/Zanzibari-born artist, Ali Hussein Darwish, who studied at Slade in London and taught at Makerere in the 70s; a sculpture in Vermont marble by Kenya’s Gakunju Kaigwa from the 90s when he was studying in the USA; and, a large highly collectible George Lilanga painting in mint condition.

One of the new artists to this year’s auction is Ugandan sculptor and professor at Makerere University, Lilian Nabulime, whose sculptures capture the conversations and expressions she observes in her society.  Also, the stars of our previous auctions are back: the late Eli Kyeyune from Uganda with an intimate and classic portrait, and, we are presenting a drawing by Ethiopia’s Dawit Abebe for the first time.

The public viewing of the lots on offer for the auction will be held from February 6 – February 24, 2017 at the Circle Art Gallery, 910 James Gichuru Road, Lavington.

Entry to the auction is reserved for bidders. Guests should register to bid prior to the sale when they will be allocated a paddle number. The Registration form and Conditions of Sale are in the auction catalogue and on the website, http://www.circleartagency.com/auctions/ from February 1, 2017.


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