Peterson Kamwathi (Kenyan, born 1980) Untitled (Peri-Urban Encounters Series)
Lot 6
Peterson Kamwathi (Kenyan, born 1980) Untitled (from the 'Peri-Urban Encounters' series)
Sold for £3,250 (US$ 5,462) inc. premium
Lot Details
Peterson Kamwathi (Kenyan, born 1980)
Untitled (from the 'Peri-Urban Encounters' series)
signed and dated 'P Kamwathi '13' (lower right)
mixed media
91.5 x 64.5cm (36 x 25 3/8in).


  • Kamwathi began his career at the Kuona Trust Museum Art Studio. His work focuses on the psychology of queues, exploring the administrative and social place of queues as a manifestation of humanity's upheavals. Kamwathi is currently researching the role and meaning of processions and groupings within contemporary ceremonies, masquerades and other social protocols.

    The artist has stated that Peri-Urban Encounters is a project looking at the people he interacts with in close proximity to his studio. "These drawings are my attempt at extruding them from what might deceptively be perceived as the familiar. These are monuments to the encounters."

    Kamwathi has had four solo shows to date and his work has been widely exhibited in Kenya, the UK, the USA, Holland, Austria, El Salvador and Finland.

    As part of the charity auction of Kenyan contemporary art, Lots 1 – 8 will not be subject to Bonhams' buyer's premium and payment must be made directly to the African Arts Trust. The charity auction will take place on Monday 20 May at 7pm.
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