The exhibition is the artist’s first exhibition in the UK, with new work presented at Jack Bell Gallery.
Boris Nzebo, born 197 in Port-Gentil in Gabon, makes paintings that draw on the surroundings of his home town Douala, Cameroon’s largest city. He uses a strong colour palette that evokes the murals and graffiti of street culture found throughout Douala’s suburbs. While at times kitsch, his works are instantly recognizable – simultaneously personal and universal – and speak a language familiar to Douala’s inhabitants. Nzebo’s stylized execution owes a lot to painted haircut advertisements found outside Cameroon’s barber shops. Adapting this aesthetic he creates portraits taken from detailed studies of traditional African hairstyles, often elaborate, and combines them with informal snapshots of local neighbourhoods, urban architecture and scenes from daily life.