Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict
Edited by Anna Schneider, with contributions by Elsbeth Court, Imraan Coovadia, Anna Schneider and Dimona Stöckle; and a conversation between Michael Armitage and Don Handa
Paradise Edict highlights pivotal series by the painter Michael Armitage and positions his body of work within East African painting and sculpture of the 20th century. His wide array of subject matter ranges from the relationship between humans and animals, and political events in his native Kenya, to European landscape traditions in opposition to an East African understanding of nature. With large-format oil paintings on lubugo bark cloth, the British-Kenyan painter joins motifs and artistic traditions from Europe and East Africa in a variety of ways, upsetting visual stereotypes and an excepted balance of power in the process.
Artists: Michael Armitage
Dimensions: 29 x 1.5 x 24cm
Michael Armitage (b. 1984) was born in Nairobi, Kenya and currently lives and works in Nairobi and London. He received his BFA from Slade School of Art, London in 2007, and a Postgraduate diploma from the Royal Academy Schools, London in 2010. The artist was elected a Royal Academician of Painting in December 2021. He was also the recipient of the Ruth Baumgarte Art Award in 2020.