Paul Onditi (Kenyan, born 1980) Half Life, 2013
Lot 7
Paul Onditi (Kenyan, born 1980) Half Life, 2013
Sold for £3,125 (US$ 5,252) inc. premium
Lot Details
Paul Onditi (Kenyan, born 1980)
Half Life, 2013
signed 'Wudg' (lower right)
mixed media on synthetic sheet
185 x 122cm (72 13/16 x 48 1/16in).


  • Onditi's work examines the cyclical nature of human experience and behaviour, encapsulated in the oft-touted expression "what goes around, comes around". Typically his work depicts a lonely character, christened 'Smokey', who represents a blank state of mind. The artist works in muted hues, favouring murky greys and dark blues to navigate what he refers to as the dilemma of the human condition.

    Half Life, containing defaced Kenyan Shillings, depicts a botched robbery. The work was inspired by the successful Kenyan film, Nairobi Half Life.

    Onditi has exhibited locally and internationally, including at the exhibition Ernst and Young Action at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, in 2010.

    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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