[…] The transformed ballroom of the Sheraton for Art of Ethiopia 2011 safely reached the standard of an international art auction. And international it was. A melting-pot of faces and languages mingled against the backdrop of the black-cloaked walls.
…It was difficult to know where to begin. With over forty artists contributing from six to ten paintings each, and with the artists’ work mixed across the space, there was nothing for it but to wander freely around the maze of canvases. It became evident that some artists showed continuities within their work whilst others displayed their ability to use differing styles.
Robert A. Heinlein
Ekpo Eyo, the former director general of Nigeria’s Museums and Monuments, wrote:
“Although I was involved with ancient artworks, it was impossible to ignore the creations of emerging artists. The works of those without formal art training attracted my attention first because I believed they were purer in form and content in relation to the works with which I was familiar.
“With time, however, I could not ignore the creations of artists who received training in art schools in which the teaching methods and aesthetic criteria were based on European models. My initial difficulty in accepting their works lay in the fact that I was always looking for the “Africanness” in their works and when I failed to find it, I distanced myself from them.
“But the varied types of contemporary art thrive with incredible success in all parts of Africa. This development is not unexpected in a society that is open to influences and striving to maintain and realise its own identity, with a resulting pluralism of styles.”
The painting style of Chaïbia is considered as naïve and her favourite paintings are of women.
Tallal passed away April 2, 2004.
~ via dynamicafrica