As away to expand our reach from time to time we will have a featured artist’s work to show you. I feel this is away of exposing others work to you. I have had the artist to tell you a little about themselves, and the process they did for their paintings, as well as the meaning the painting has to them. I felt this was a great artist to start with and I know you will enjoy reading what he has written. I would like to thank Andrew for being my first featured artist.
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A MAASAI WARRIOR AWAY VISIT By Andrew Kinyeru Wokabi
Andrew Kinyeru Wokabi is an artist specializing in all forms of modern artistic expressions ranging from Realism painting to Mixed Media Art.
Wokabi is a native of Kenya and is fluent in English, Kiswahili and Kikuyu. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Therefore, the experiences and knowledge of both the indigenous African and urban American cultures are often seen in Wokabi’s artwork.
He is also known to frequently produce works that are aimed to build on the spiritual level of its viewer.
A Maasai Warrior Away Visit’ is one of the Wokabi’s portrayals of the strength of one’s culture (in this case, East African) on its people. It is an oil painting done on canvas and measures 36 inches in and 48 inches wide.
The images combine to illustrate a rare traditional practice of one of the most indigenous tribes in the world, the Maasai who are seen herein wearing their signature red and black striped tribal one piece garment and of whom Wokabi is a fourth generation descendant.
The exclusive practice states that if a warrior is out in the fields guarding the tribe’s cattle during the day as is customary, and a male visitor such as an elder pays a rare visit to his manyatta or homestead, then since the warrior is absent and as a sign of good gesture, the elder can sleep with the warrior’s wife if so desired by the elder. But for the elder to perform such an act, he must first plant his spear on the doorway of the warrior’s house to alert everyone especially the warrior that he is inside. Then the warrior must respectfully wait outside his homestead till the elder comes out and then they can discuss the nature or business of his visit.
In the painting, Wokabi uses a mixture of warm colors (yellows, browns, oranges) to create a feel of the intense heat usually common in the afternoon of the arid and semi-arid regions where the Maasai reside. The main character of the depiction, the Warrior, is placed on the foreground intentionally by the artist as Wokabi proceeds to use planes to depict the varying roles of the Maasai age sets with the children seated in a circle in a different plane while playing games. The two women are watching over the children while attending to chores like carrying firewood and pumping water. The cattle, an important part of that culture, appear to be led into the warrior’s makeshift enclosure. A green cow is inside the den indicating Wokabi’s occasional inclusion of some sort of minute surrealism in most of his works.
“The importance of art in society and lives of its enthusiasts and even around the unconcerned or unaware cannot be overlooked. Art’s influence and ability to visually educate and impact the observer is also quite fascinating. Long live art and artists as they draw from their wealth of creativity endowed by the Great Creator.” – Andrew Kinyeru Wokabi.