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GALLERIES: Proving a point in black and white… - 7 months ago, 20 July 15:09

By: Frank Whalley

You can say a lot with a little, and happily two current exhibitions just a few kilometres apart prove that point.

One is of paintings the other of drawings, but in each case the only colours used are black and white.

Ok, so black is actually the absence of any colour and white the product of all colours merged, as a children’s whizz wheel will prove, but leaving pedantry aside both exhibitions demonstrate the versatility and range that can be wrought from such a restricted palette.

Interestingly, the artists, Churchill Ongere and Samuel Githui, both add an extra dimension by choosing coincidentally to work on coloured paper; black for Ongere’s paintings and brown for the drawings by Githui.

Ongere also augments his paintings with the traces of netting, handfuls of gravel, leaves and bizarrely, a few bananas.

Fifteen of his wondrous works can be seen at the Red Hill Art Gallery off the road to ...
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