Tingatinga Tour 2012

Tingatinga 2012 is an exhibition of brilliantly coloured, cheeky, decorative bicycle enamel paintings from Tanzania. The paintings appeal to both adults and children whilst challenging the prevalent view of what constitutes quality art.

Tingatinga is a unique African painting style

Tingatinga is a unique African painting style that has its basis in Tanzania in the late 60s and early 70s and has developed for 40 years. The style takes its name from Edward Saidi Tingatinga who converted his courtyard into a painting workshop forty years ago, and started painting simple renditions of animals on hardboard and selling them to tourists and ex-pats.

Today’s Tingatinga artists

Today’s Tingatinga artists have developed the style into intricate, decorative motifs. Tingatinga paintings are produced en mass, copied and further developed and provide a livelihood for hundreds of painters. Despite this artistic excellence prevails, questioning our perception and understanding of originality and art and asking the question ‘what is the borderline between mass production and originality, between skill, craft and art?’

A stray bullet killed Tingatinga in 1972. He had painted for only four years when he died, but his distinctive style marked the beginning of an African painting style that has been carried forward by painters till this day.

Poster for Tingatinga 2012

Dates & Locations

files/icons/location/location-pin.png20th May - 23rd June: Aalborg
Galleri Stenseminde, Brorholtvej 36, 9430 Vadum, Northern Jutland

map of location

3rd - 29th February : Oslo
Galleri Briskeby, Skovveien 29, Norway

Tingatinga book

Tingatinga Exhibition Catalogue
The Tingatinga hardback is available in our shop

Artists

Abdallah
Akilimari
Amonde
Charinda
Hassani
Iddi
Jonas
Kambili
Kilaka
Lewis

Mbuka  
Mkumba  
Mzuguno
Omary Ally
Rubuni
Saidi Omary
Sayuki
Sey
Zuberi