Wasswa Paints Power, Royalty, Extravagance

Visual artist Donald Augustine Wasswa, commonly known by his moniker Waswad, is back, exhibiting on the local scene after being off for close to two years.

The Kyambogo University graduate unveiled 25 works of art last Friday evening at Afriart gallery in Kamwokya.

The exhibition, which closes on August 17, has been tagged “Purple Breeze”. According to Wasswa, the “purple” represents power, devotion, extravagance and royalty, while “breeze” is for the feeling.

So, “Purple Breeze” is the feeling of power, royalty and extravagance. He has used acrylic on canvas and bark cloth for most of the paintings.

One of the outstanding factors in his painting is the elephants. For him, elephants not only represent nature, but they could be buildings or cars moving in different directions.

“It’s not just a mere elephant. I am talking about love, religion and nature because I am inspired by nature,” he says.

Those familiar with his work know how much he loves to work with elephants. Two years ago, he exhibited at Tulifanya gallery.

The collection he called “I speak Elephanish” painted his dreamy life, philosophy and ideas for a fantasy world called “Elephania”, where everybody speaks “Elephanish”.

One of the pieces that will catch any fashion lover’s eye is “14 guardians” painted in happy colours of orange, yellow, sky blue, and red (same applies for most of the paintings).

That particular art piece communicates the social life in the African setting and how people who are not necessarily in the same family get attached to each other. The huts, vibrant colours and elephants are eye-catching.

Wasswa, who does his magic at his Buziga-based studio, has also exhibited his works in Denmark, Italy and Holland. Apart from painting, he also makes sculptures and fashion accessories.

Source : The Observer

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