signed and dated 1962 (lower left); titled (on the reverse)
oil on board
93 by 49cm., 36½ by 19¼in.
framed: 91 by 47cm., 35¾ by 18½in.
The board appears to be sturdy, however it exhibits a very slight warp. The work is loose in the frame and would benefit from being further secured. Brown paper on the reverse of the board is peeling off in places. All four framing edges of the work exhibit areas of surface loss of varying size. The most significant areas are along the upper edge, where the areas of loss measure approximately 20x10mm each (4 examples). Inspection under UV light reveals no clear signs of restoration or repair. Overall, the work appears to be in good condition.
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Private Collection, Edinburgh
Louis Mwaniki was one of Nairobi’s leading artists in the 1960s and 1970s. Another graduate of Makerere University College where he studied 1957-1961, he was a professor, sculptor, painter, and printmaker. Born in 1934 in Nyeri, Kenya, he studied in Turin, Italy, from 1961 to 1963, where the present lot was painted. Returning to teach at the University of Nairobi, he left again in 1967 to study in Montreal, Canada, for two years. Later, with a doctorate in art education from New York University, he returned to Nairobi, where he taught fine art at University of Nairobi's Kenyatta College until 2010.