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W: 700mm x H: 1000mm
W: 28" x H: 39"
Approx. Weight: 2kg
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About "Samburu Groom"
This Samburu warrior is about to enter married life. About six years ago he went through the ritual of circumcision and now he is at his most splendid with his long braided hair hanging on his broad shoulders.
He has earned himself the respect of the elders and the community at large. With his marriage he will start completing his warriorhood and he will gradually become part of the elders in his village.
He has already preened himself by painting his face with red ochre and also added designs orn his forehead and cheeck bones. At his circumcision his mother gave him coiled earrings. This she kept safe right through his warriorhood and now at his marriage she has returned it to him to wear again.
Later on when his son is circumcised he will again wear them..
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"Ansa Lyon Nel, the artist, has always been fascinated by the colourful traditional peoples of Africa as well as its magnificent natural life."
As a pastel artist she made it her calling in life to tell the story of these different cultures like the Maasai, the Samburu, the Hamar etc. Ansa is especially drawn to the position and plight of women in the world. She always strife to portray the inner beauty of every person she paints. Closest to my heart will always be the plight and the role of women in these cultures and with my paintings I try to create a greater awareness of the beauty of these African cultures and the role women play in them
"I was a potter for many years before I put my hand to the canvas. I enjoyed the pottery, especially giving classes to school children which I did for more than twenty years."
When my daughters got married, I felt the urge to paint their portraits as a way of celebrating this new phase of their adult lives. From then on my focus shifted away from the pottery to painting portraits and wild life.
I am open to take on commissions
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