Art: A Kenyan Market
Alongside postcards, I like to pick up pieces of art wherever I go, to add to my growing collection. This was one of the first ever substantial pieces I bought. My idea is that when I do finally own my own house, it’ll be a gallery of my travels and my life experiences, with artwork adorning each wall as if it was an exhibition of the world… I’m going to post photos of my artwork to give you a taster of how this gallery will look!
On my trip to Kenya in 2006 I picked up this original painting for about $50. It’s about 1.5 metres wide and has pride of place on one wall of the study at home. What I most love about it is the strong colour of the sky and the angles of the characters’ limbs. Its fantastically simple lines really stand out and the relative symmetry makes it a well composed piece that I simply adore looking at. The vibrant colours just bring the entire room to life. Kenya as a country was really eye-opening – in particular the contrast between the luxurious tourist hotels and expat zones, Nairobi’s shanty towns that you fly over in 12-seater planes to get to the barren and wild terrain of the Masai Mara National Reserve and Lewa Wildlife Conservency, the beautiful beaches along the coastline of Mombasa, the heaving inner-city markets.