Friday, February 16, 2007

Eria Sane Nsubuga | Uganda

The Source: The Weekly Observer

A Piece of ‘Sane’ Art

For a young artist in Uganda, Eria Sane Nsubuga is doing well. Recently, the 28-year-old held his fourth solo exhibition sponsored by Alliance Française and held at their premises in Kamwokya.

Nsubuga does paintings, sculptures and illustration print-making in books or magazines. The exhibition attracted an enthusiastic crowd that included French Ambassador Jeremy Garrancher who bought himself a bicycle made of brass.

The jovial Nsubuga began commercial art in 1999 at the age of 20. Nsubuga's work isn't the abstract art that is hard to understand.

He says he's inspired by nature and human activity and most of his paintings and sculptures are of flora and fauna.

"People here want to buy art pieces that are overtly explainable. It's European customers that want the complicated art work. That's why my art is plain and simple."

Gospel music is also part of his inspiration as he reiterates his strong attachment to church work among the youth in Entebbe where he lives. Knowing this, it isn't surprising that he plans to release a gospel music album this year.

"I have been learning the guitar and I am mastering it now. It's for this reason that I want to sing too," he laughs.

Classical music, Bebe and Cece Winans keep him company late into the night in his workroom at home as he thinks up new ideas and draws.

Presently, Nsubuga has two European art collectors who buy his pieces and re-sell them. Also, he has made himself a website and on which his pieces can be seen and ordered for.

Author John Vianney Nsimbe


sokari said...

Full of the vibrancy and colours of Africa" - reviewed in this weeks pambazuka news.

Rand said...

This guy has some pretty awesome sculptures. I happen to think glass is pretty cool to look at just generally, but the color choice and placement and the exquisite cuts... This is quite the great blog bringing artists like this to wider attention.

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Humanus said...

Having watched some of these painters I guess that for most of them the word "African" says nothing.
As for this Nsubuga - yeash, he does good ethno job:)

DeLi said...

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Possibilities, Etc. said...

This blog is absolutely FABULOUS. I just discovered it by accident - PLEASE somebody get it going again - and do it often. These works are a visual feast and good for the soul.

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Healing Season said...

This work flows like water and is equally as solid as the earth. There is great tension in the paintings. No doubt you have a relationship with the Light. Keep on creating. I would love to utilize some of your images with my poetry.

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conradie said...

i need some advice. i am currently working in a art gallery in south africa. what i need to know is how u went about marketing your products as we have six black south african painters in our gallery BUT ALAS we are struggling to make sales with their paintings[very good ones] if u have some advise please reply

Kalma Lee said...

Wow! The scultures are amazing. Thanks for sharing the talent!

Dharma Designs said...

What a talented artist! I enjoy experiencing other cultures through art, so I am thoroughly elighted I stumbled across your blog! Thanks so much! :-)

odd facts said...

Nice blog. I like this post.

Letters of Thanks to God said...

Beautiful expressions of life!

Annie said...

wow... love the colors. africa art... nice! good idea using the slid show for the pics!

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African Artists said...

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Naijasutra said...

beautiful art the play on colors and all that.

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