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Ian Mwesiga – Melancholy

June 15, 2015
Ian Mwesiga, Introspection I, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 120 cm x 90 cm

Ian Mwesiga, Introspection I, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 120 cm x 90 cm

In 2013, Ian Mwesiga exhibited at Makerere University’s Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts graduate show. It was his use of colour combined with his notable technical ability that set him apart from his contemporaries. His mature style exceeded his 23 years and he demonstrated an undeniable talent.

One month after the exhibition Mwesiga was artist in residence at 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust. During the three-month residency he concentrated on experimenting with his preferred medium of painting and chose to focus on himself as his subject matter, questioning what it really meant to be an artist. Mwesiga’s anxious energy and voracious soul searching resulted in a startlingly poignant series of self-portraits.

More impressive however, was the artist’s insatiable appetite to develop his practice; this marked the beginning of Mwesiga’s career as the emerging contemporary artist we see today.

Nicola Elphinstone
Co-Founder 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust

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