Jak Moses Katarikawe (Ugandan, born 1940) is one of Africa’s best known artists. With his first exhibition at Nommo Gallery, Kampala (1966), Katarikawe’s work can be found in a number of prestigious private collections. His work can also be found in the The Africa Collection | Weltkulturen Museum (Frankfurt) and as part of the Modern and Contemporary Art Collection at Iwalewahaus (Bayreuth). Katarikawe’s work has also been part of a number of auctions including Bonhams, Maynards, Roseberys, Artcurial and the Circle Art Auction.
“He is best known for his narrative and colourful imagery. His paintings invoke stories of everyday life in Africa and carry the influence of his upbringing in rural south-western Uganda: wonderful stories of amorous elephants, dancing cows, jealous lovers and working women. The real mingles with the unreal, reality and dreams become indistinguishable. Although the colours may seem to be those of a carefree artist, the vivid imagery is deceptive, for Katarikawe also addresses moral concerns and the harsh conditions around him.”
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