Founded in 2012, and based in Nairobi, Kenya, Circle Art Gallery promotes contemporary art from Eastern Africa.
Through group and solo exhibitions, as well as participation in various international art fairs, the gallery has increased local and international visibility for established and emerging artists. Working closely with local and international collectors and curators, we are building a strong and sustainable market for East African artists.
Michael Soi: China Loves Africa
Michael Soi, China Loves Africa 75, 2018
Circle Art Gallery 15 August – 15 September 2018
Circle Art Gallery is pleased to announce Michael Soi: China Loves Africa. China Loves Africa is an ongoing series dealing with the political and economic relationship between Africa and China. With his characteristic sense of humour and irony, Soi questions the motivation behind this new global power in Africa and its implication for ordinary citizens.
Shabu Mwangi, Joseph Waweru, Ngugi Waweru: REVIEW
Image: Joseph Waweru, Undying Support, 2018
Circle Art Gallery 25 July – 11 August 2018
REVIEW, a group show by Lawrence ‘Shabu’ Mwangi, Joseph ‘Weche’ Waweru and Ngugi ‘Googs’ Waweru.
This exhibition, marks 10 years since the establishment of the Wajukuu Project. It features new work by Googs, Weche and Shabu, celebrating their friendship and their individual development as artists.
When artists give much to their community, this can impact the time needed to make and develop their own work. In contrast, for these artists, it has enhanced their private practice, giving us honest and authentic stories and insights into their concerns and beliefs.
For Weche, Nairobi provides a livelihood to people who continually struggle to cater for their basic needs. Googs’s work is part of an ongoing series where he explores the passionate emotions driven by guns and their destructive power. Shabu’s ‘Identity’ focuses on the human condition, how we have subconsciously become slaves to our psyche. He shows how we see ourselves, and how much we care how we are perceived by others.
The artists are using this exhibition to reflect on historical, social and political concerns. How identity leads to categorization, how our environment determines how we are perceived and the disparity between official statistics and the reality on the ground.
Samuel Githui: Transformations
Circle Art Gallery 4 – 20 July 2018
Inspired by a performance by the dancer, Kefa Oiro, the Transformations series traces the human body, transformed as it moves into, and out of light. The drawings follow the body through various stages of motion, between flight and rest. Bending, and swaying, leaping or crawling, alternately limp and taut, the ‘dancer’ in Githui’s drawings is brought in and out of sight, at times coming into full view and elsewhere reduced to leave only the most essential of marks.
Working primarily in black and white, Githui’s works intermingle the tangible and intangible, the known and unknown worlds. Furthermore, he presents the in-between area as an alternative to either extreme, as a space of infinite possibility, where magic can happen. With his dancer, Githui invites you to dream.
Born in 1973, Samuel Githui has been drawing from a young age, since he was about five or six years old. He has always paid close attention to his surroundings, and his impressions of his the spaces, people, and events around him are the material for his artwork. Githui relies on his observation of typical events to investigate societal shifts, politics, and the lives of people working to make a place for themselves in a world that does not always work in their favour.