John is a self-taught Kenyan artist based in Nairobi who makes paintings, sculptures and wood cut prints; his work has found its way into major collections and has won several international prizes. He also trains aspiring artists and has his own Rhino Care project working with vulnerable children in Nairobi’s slums.
I met John at Kuona Trust, the centre for visual arts in Kenya, in October 2007 and we have remained in touch ever since.
I bought this oil pointing from him recently and I now want to ‘share’ it with readers because for me it encapsulates the ‘great values of the African tradition’ alluded to by Pope Francis during Mass with students at Nairobi University earlier today.
To the best of my knowledge the pope didn’t actually list these values, so I thought I might do so here: the strength and dignity of the African woman as mother and provider as she carries the future of the continent on her shoulders.