Born in Kenya in 1984, Michael Armitage graduated from the RA Schools in 2010 and now works between Nairobi and London. In his paintings, Armitage reflects on his experiences in Kenya and on current events, while drawing on contemporary East African art and European art history. Bridging artistic traditions, he looks towards the work of Jak Katarikawe, Meek Gichugu and Chelenge van Rampelberg as well as Titian, Francisco de Goya and Paul Gauguin. In his rich and multi-layered narrative paintings, Armitage questions social norms, religious ideology, politics and cultural clichés. The exhibition will include 15 of the artist’s recent large-scale works, alongside a selection of around 35 works by East African artists selected in collaboration with Armitage.
|Duration||22 May 2021 - 19 September 2021|
|Cost||£15, Free for members|
|Venue||Royal Academy of Arts|
|Address||Burlington House, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1J 0BD|
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