LondonNigatu Tsehay: Pace of Life
Addis Fine Art London presents Pace of Life by Nigatu Tsehay. A new body of work that explores the interrelations between human beings and the spaces they inhabit. The exhibition is a part of the 2022 edition of London Gallery Weekend.
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Born in Addis Ababa and currently working in Frankfurt, Nigatu’s works are inspired by his lived experience within different cultures and the shared humanity that he’s encountered. Rich with human forms, Nigatu likens his canvases to a suddenly paused film scene – an instant in time bearing the weight of existence. His works are replete with distorted characters who frequently gaze in disparate directions, hands and feet punctuating a forested twist of limbs.
Pace of Life is a continuation of Tsehay’s investigation of, “the indefinable behavioral nature of mankind.” Using his chosen material of oil and acrylic on canvas, Tsehay’s surrealist-like complex compositions of distorted bodies combine body parts and still life to show us how an individual is merely a reflection of the spaces and faces around him. Through association with others and objects, Nigatu aims to illuminate shared stories and histories through piecing together various sentiments.
Nigatu was recently included in Winner Takes All (2021), a group show at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York co-curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah and Amoako Boafo.
Courtesy of the artist and Addis Fine Art