Tingatinga, Naïve & Local Artists Exhibiting at Dreamtime Gallery
Ally Adam Omary: Born in Dar-es-Salaam in 1956 of Makua mother and Mngoni father. He began painting in 1973, learning fro the Tingatinga artist Rashidi Millanzi. His very personal style combines great technical quality with vivid creativity. He is a member of CTAPS (The Craft and Tingatinga Arts Promotion Society).
Omary Amonde: Is a son of one of E.S. Tingatinga’s cousins and the oldest of all Tingatinga painters still active. In 1972 he only worked for a month under Tingatinga’s direction before his uncle’s untimely death. He is considered as the very last legitimate heir alive of Tingatinga’s heritage. Amonde is the chairman of TACS (Tingatinga Arts Cooperative Society).
Mohamed Charinda: Of Makua origin but from a different family group than E.S. Tingtinga’s. Charinda’s specialty is painting about people in village scenes or stories from the present or the past, and always with a narrative and/or an educational message. Charinda was the first painter of the tingatinga school to change from masonite boards to textile canvas in 1989.”I paint the history.”
Abdul Mkura: Born in Nakapanya on 18th August 1954. He came to Dar-es-Salaam in 1974 to study painting painting under the tutelage of his older brother Omary Amonde. Mkura is a very innovative artist and has made a number of original contributions to the Tingatinga style. He began using black as a background during the war in Iraq. In his painting of two elephants the large elephant symbolizes the U.S. and the small elephant symbolized the U.K., showing the close cooperation of these world powers.
Other Naïve Artists
Julien Valery: Julien Valery was born in 1958 in the small village of Coteau and was one of the most promising of the younger generation of Haitian artists. His paintings are anecdotal in subject – depicting such events as joyful weddings, magical ceremonies with mermaids, esoteric voodoo rituals and celebratory feasts – all telling warm stories about people full of life and magic. Both thoughtful and original, his work is also often humorous and startling with hidden touches that might be missed at first glance. Valery died July 2001.
Jeff Reznikoff: Jeff’s artwork is an adventure of imagery from the subconscious. Sometimes it begins with an image or scene inspired by a dream or idea, but more often than not it begins with staring at a blank paper (or canvas) until the hand decides to throw itself into motion. Lines become shapes, the shapes soon reveal images, and eventually an entire narrative speaking from the dynamic abstract flow.
Jeff is fueled by the interconnected, reflective and darkly playful nature of reality and existence, and his work generally expresses these fundamental truths in various underlying ways. Mythology, ancient history, time cycles, the underworld and the mystical power of the imagination have captured his fascination for many years and often weave themselves into his art as a fusion of symbolic, abstract, surreal and literal imagery.
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