Arim Andrew

Arim Andrew
Arim Andrew (born 1989) lives and works in Kampala, Uganda. He was inspired from an early age to draw by his older brother who is an animator and illustrator. So although he studied Social Sciences at university, he determined to make art his full time career. His work has concentrated on hyper-realistic metaphoric portraiture, juxtaposing satire with social commentary in ways that connect the popular culture and politics in Africa with the classical portrait painting tradition. The artist’s participation in'Surfaces 2017'(A biannual conceptual development workshop by Afriart Gallery Kampala) has propelled his practiced development, towards telling stories in a broader political-social narrative that can be situated in a global context. His debut solo exhibition 'A Portrait of Power, Control and Authority' 2018 is a testimony to this wide-ranging approach to his subject-matter. An avid reader of comic books, Arim’s favorite book is Hellspawn, an American published Comic book that is described as atmospheric with the often disturbing subject matter. That inspiration from the book can intricately be felt through his works. ​Arim Andrew's works have been exhibited at Afriart Gallery in a group show 'Surfaces 2017', a solo exhibition 'A portrait of Power, Control and Authority 2018', and Kampala Art Biennale 2018. Excerpt from Emerging Painting Invitational

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