ONLINE Catalogues of past shows and exhibitions – CLICK ON COVERS BELOW
(ABOVE) ’25 TRIBAL OBJECTS’ – DECEMBER 2018
(ABOVE) ‘SEATS’ A exhibition of seats from around Africa. July 2017
(ABOVE) ‘PREVIEW OF SELECTED PIECES’ – SAN FRANCISCO TRIBAL AND TEXTILE ART FAIR. FEB. 2018
(ABOVE) ‘A WANDERING EYE’ – JUNE 2015
(ABOVE) ‘A SELECTION OF PIECES’ – SAN FRANCISCO TRIBAL AND TEXTILE ART FAIR. FEB. 2015
‘MODERNISM IN TRIBAL FORMS’ – 2005 EXHIBITION
Many items made for everyday use in Africa have a very close connection to modernism in their appearance. Of course, there was no real connection between the two, one was made many years ago for a purely function tribal purpose, its form and decoration inspired by their own traditional roots. The other, our western modern world can only admire and wonder at the great artistic merits of these pieces.
It has been stated many times how many of the great modern artists of the early 20th century got their inspiration from ‘tribal art’.This was more in the figurative and mask form. What wasn’t appreciated then was the functional ‘art’ – household objects, cooking spoons, furniture, pots, shields etc …many of these items have now inspired modern present day designers because of their form, practicability and simplicity.
Interior designers have learnt to mix modern interiors with tribal forms.The two go hand – in – hand, the hard edges of modern interiors are softened and given sole and personality when mixed with tribal forms.
Take a look at some of the pieces below that were purely made for traditional use yet are so modern in appearance.
Above.An early 20th cent. traditional table from East Africa with a striking Zulu pot on top.
Collecting Tribal hats – January blog 2013
Hats have played a very important role in African traditional and social life since the 1800’s. Always with a great sense of colour and design, the variety of African traditional hats is unlimited.They always formed an important role in ceremonies as symbols of prestige and importance.A man’s hat was his personal signature, a part of his living being and presence.One look at his hat could tell his wealth, his rank in society.It was as much about who he was as anything he possessed in daily life.Because of this, hats were a crowning achievement, a symbol of status and not something that was worn for good looks alone.
Over the years I have always been interested in collecting old, rare (and not so rare)African tribal hats as well as other forms of personal adornment.In nearly every society in Africa hats were worn in some form or another.Building a collection of hats for display is always rewarding as they bring another colourful dimension to African art.I have now in the gallery a collection of over a dozen hats from all over African, some are featured below.
Above – A brass helmet similar to the one pictured above photographer in 1933 Southern Sudan.