Artist exposes millenials’ disillusionment with their lot
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Artist exposes millenials’ disillusionment with their lot

Riichard Kimathi, one of the 5 artists exhibiting in Kenya Pavilion at Venice Biennale. PHOTO | MARGARETTA WA GACHERU | NMG Richard Kimathi’s exhibition of paintings at One Off Gallery entitled ‘Wounds’ is soon to close. It is well worth making a trip out to Rosslyn to see it before it does. ‘Wounds’ comes on the heels of another one-man show, ‘Bare Knuckle’, that Kimathi, one of Kenya’s post prominent painters, had last year at One Off which also featured rows of little men of nondescript identities. They were and still are figures whose nationalities, colour, creed and ideology cannot be easily specified. In ‘Wounds’, they might be millennials. What is definitely distinguishable about them is that they all look sad, befuddled, even wounded, both physically and psychologically. A Rosy Cheek by Richard Kimathi. PHOTO | MARGARETTA WA GACHERU | NMG A few of their wounds are visible ‘as in ‘Gentle Talk’ where one seems to have a deformed hand, and in ‘Confusing Sky’, another is missing an arm. In ‘Conversation IV’ one man seems to have a wound in his heart. And in ‘A Rosy Cheek’, the man’s wound looks self-inflicted since he seems to be punching himself. […]

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