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.
Selection from the exhibition
Dates & Locations
20th May - 23rd June: Aalborg
Galleri Stenseminde, Brorholtvej 36, 9430 Vadum, Northern Jutland