Details & Cataloguing

Modern and Contemporary African Art


Ephrem Solomon
B. 1983
woodcut and mixed media
84 by 90 cm., 33¼ by 35½in.
Executed in 2014
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Tiwani Contemporary, 2014
Acquired from the above by present owner


London, Tiwani Contemporary, Ephrem Solomon: Untitled Life, 2014
London, Saatchi Gallery, Pangaea II: New Art From Africa And Latin America, 2015, illustrated in the catalogue p.145

Catalogue Note

Untitled 2, a woodcut work by Ethiopian artist Ephrem Solomon, is part of the Untitled Life series. Solomon is known for his woodcut works which display his signature style of textured bold lines and flatness in composition.

In his works, Solomon illustrates various subjects in a state of silent tension with solemn facial expressions, further emphasized by the plain, chequered background surfaces. The monochromatic woodcut works are kept untitled to emulate the isolating ‘lack of political agency’ in Addis Ababa, which Solomon conveys as the conceptual theme in this series. His work has been in collections of Saatchi Gallery, Fondation Blachère, Wendy Lee, and Peter & Pascale Wheeler, among others.

Modern and Contemporary African Art