Contemporary African Art by Patrick Seruwu
While continuing to work with painting and collage as a full time artist, in the last 3 years Patrick Seruwu has been stretching his comfort zone continuing with Drawing,
Painting and making collage to pursue his love for Contemporary art.
Patrick Seruwu is a self taught Ugandan artist currently living in Johnnesburg.
Born in Kampala, Uganda. He did his studies at Kyambogo High School and comes from a family of four , his mother and three sisters. He is an art enthusiast since childhood partaking in community art competitions .Years later he relocated to South Africa where he was fortunate to meet Benon Lutaya who mentored him artistically until his passing.
He uses his art to express his experiences growing up as the only boy in the family of four raised by a single mother, and how it affected him. He channels those hardships into his work.
Grants & Awards
Bag Factory Artists Studios: Artist career boot camp 2019
Exhibitions & Festivals
- Talking to Deaf Ears 2018, ABSA BANK, Johannesburg;
- Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2018;
- Jan Celliiers exhibition 2018 in Parktown;
- Turbine art fair 2018, Johannesburg;
- Studio Factor Gallery 2018;
- “Aftermath” at Rand Merchant Bank /RMB (August House Exhibition) 2018, Sandton;
- Spring Sasol (Saloon Exhibition) at TERESA LIZAMORE Gallery, Rozebank, Johannesburg;
- ABSA annual Champagne Festival (Auction) at Absa Bank Gallery, Johannesburg;
- Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) in March 2019, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape;
- Group Exhibition at Lizamore & Associates Gallery 2019;
- Bibliotheca 700, a Group exhibition 2019 at Bag Factory;
- Eulogy to Benon Lutaaya at Lisamore & Associates Gallery;
- Our contemporary needs and the other, a group show at ABSA Gallery 2019;
- Smorgasbord, a group show at Art Africa, Victoria Yards, Johannesburg, 2019;
- Vodacom World Art Exhibition, 2019;
- Highlights from the future, Lizamore & Associates Gallery 2020;
- Online Exhibition in response to the Pandemic-Related, Art & Poetry. St.Michael’s Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA USA, 2020
My work is about the strength of woman, capturing moments of their daily lives. In a special way it acknowledges the different attributes I always see in my mother. I use charcoal drawing and acrylic painting on canvas, applied in the form of a wash. The washes mimic the constant wish that, some women have to wash away certain experiences they have undergone in their lives.
I chose deliberately to wash the canvas and allowing the paint to drip as a metaphor for the women’s tears of pain but also their tears of joy and success. My choice of color, sepia or pink. This is both a reflection of time, that is needed for healing, as well as to portray the tension of their daily lives. Most portraits are drawn in the form of bust figures, like the idealized eternal youth and strength of the Roman and Greek statues, which to me signifies pillars of strength, but also a reflection of womanhood and also of time that passes like the shades of old photographs or the color of aging and rusting material.
To me, these Greek and Roman statues signifies the strength of the depicted figures but whilst I draw inspiration from this, the idealization of the women in my paintings are instead a more truthful representation of the real and everyday lives that women lead.
These moments of women captured in my works are a very sensitive issue around the world; in this case I use Johannesburg as a point of reference. Johannesburg is a cosmopolitan city that globally attracts people of all sorts of social , political, and cultural back ground, especially from the neighboring African countries, people move to Johannesburg in search of work. It is especially within this multi-cultural work deprived and overpopulated environment of Johannesburg, where I see the strength of the women I come across in my own daily life.