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Pillars of Life | Tadesse Mesfin | Addis Fine Art

In Autumn 2020, Addis Fine Art London will be permanently relocating to South Kensington’s Cromwell Place. We are launching our new location with an exhibition of 10 new paintings by Ethiopian modernist Tadesse Mesfin, which will mark Mesfin’s first-ever European solo show.

Tadesse Mesfin (b. 1953) is a giant of the Ethiopian art scene. He holds a unique position as both a figurehead of the Ethiopian modernist movement, and as a long- time educator through his role as a professor at the influential Alle School of Fine Art and Design in Addis Ababa. Among the generations of painters he has taught are Addis Gezehagn, Ermias Kifleyesus, Merikokeb Berhanu and Tesfaye Urgessa.

Mesfin’s latest work is a continuation of his ongoing ‘The Pillars of Life’ series, an ode to the women who work as small-holder vendors in markets across Ethiopia. These traders can typically be found standing or crouched down with their agricultural produce scattered in front of them, hoping to entice the eye of potential customers. As a visual paean to them, Mesfin pays homage to their occupations and personae by placing them front and centre, celebrating their importance within the social and cultural framework of Ethiopian life.

Mesfin’s artistic career spans more than five decades. His painterly style has been greatly influenced by numerous changes in his environment, from a seven- year stint in the USSR, where he studied architecture and sculpture in St. Petersburg, to projects in rural southern Ethiopia, and artist residency programmes in the United States as a result of winning the 1998 prestigious Mid-American Arts Alliance (MAAA) fellowship.
You can prebook your tickets with ARTSVP-
Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 6pm
Addis Fine Art London 1 - 5 Cromwell Place South Kensington, London, Londonderry SW7 2JE
Wed 28 Oct 2020
Contact telephone: +44 203 488 0822 Call to check latest times or cancellations.
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