Exhibition

Addis Calling III – Group Show

Addis Fine Art, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
29 Jan 2019 - 23 Mar 2019

Yohannes Tesfaye, Courage & beauty #2 (detail), 48x36 inches Mixed media on canvas JPEG

Yohannes Tesfaye, Courage & beauty #2 (detail), 48x36 inches Mixed media on canvas JPEG

Addis Fine Art presents Addis Calling III a yearly recurrent group show featuring new works by a selection of exciting talents, Frew Kebede, Tizta Berhanu and Yohannes Tesfaye.

Yohannes Tesfaye (1978) focuses on two and three-dimensional paintings in acrylic, oil on canvas, wood, fiberglass and a variety of mixed media. His paintings reference African traditions and culture. Using contemporary materials and techniques, his current work examines the practice of ritual tribal scarification in a twenty-first century artistic and historical context.

Tizta Berhanu’s (1991) main inspiration is human emotion in all its facets, portraying her subjects expressing love, hate, sadness, loneliness etc. Trying to capture the true emotion underneath the surface of their skins. Her paintings are often ambiguous, almost unrecognizable, painted with broad confident brush strokes in deep intense colours. Blues, purples and deep-sea greens, dominate the canvasses creating an almost uncomfortable atmosphere wherein the viewer comes voyeuristically close to the emotions of the portrayed.

Frew Kebede (1982) is a multidisciplinary artist working in a variety of mediums but his current focus is painting. As a musician, Jazz music plays an important part in his life and is one of his main inspirations. In his paintings, he is exploring the visual aspects of jazz music, transforming notes and rhythm into paint and brushstrokes creating colourful, vibrant canvasses, engaging the viewer into seeing things from different perspectives.

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