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BONISA’S CELEBRATION OF ART (article first published : 2008-04-2)

On April 6, Bonisa Private Gallery will present an Open Day featuring Hussein Salim’s latest paintings together with a collection of African figures from the Niger Delta Region, Chad and Darfur.

The exhibition of Hussein’s latest paintings will include African figures from the collection of Mike Moon who has made a study of African figures and artefacts and has been an avid collector for many years. This collection hails from a region in North Africa that spans the Niger Delta, along an old trade route from Timbuktu to The Pyramids in Egypt. The countries along this route are Mali, Niger, Chad and the Sudan. This is the region in Africa where Hussein comes from, having been born in Darfur.

There is a long history of art in this area, going back many years. The figures that Mike will display are made of bronze, copper and terracotta. They are fascinating and proof of an ancient civilisation in this region. The figurines and artefacts have a great deal in common with today’s so-called modernism in art. There is a certain playfulness about the figures, often the human-like figures are on horseback, with exaggerated features displaying a certain attitude, could be arrogance. Mike will be at the exhibition to answer any questions.

“Hussein’s art continues to make a name for itself in South Africa and is very much in demand,” says Neil Wright of Bonisa. “His new collection is again something special and refreshingly reflects a good mood. It is colourful and striking and in sizes that are ideal for the home - and at attractive prices!”

The exhibition will be opened by Mike Moon at 11h00 on April 6 at Bonisa’s Open Day which runs from 10h00 to 16h00. Bonisa is situated at 47 Ronald’s Road in Kloof. For more information, visit www.bonisa.co.za




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