‘Shags’ art show features talented trio: PHOTOS

"All in one" by Fred Abuga. PHOTO| MARAGARETTA WA GACHERU

What you need to know:

  • The oldest artist of them all is Patrick Kinuthia, who to my mind is one of Kenya’s most important landscape painters. His last three shows (including this one) have been with James Njoroge, who, like Kinuthia’s, is from the same central region.

  • But one can hardly tell from what part of Kenya Kinuthia’s paintings derive. Wherever there is the sun shimmering on leafy trees, rambling rural roads and free-flowing streams, they can all be found in his pastoral paintings.

“Shags” is a Sheng term for what Black Americans call their “hood”, their home or rather their real home. Derived from the Kikuyu term for village, shags also refers to the three-man exhibition at Village Market, near Runda, attracting lots of attention.


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