I was first introduced to Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) through a friend of mine and as someone who loves art and my African culture, I was stunned I wasn’t aware of this wonderful place earlier.
They held a private viewing of Daniel Soresa’s work; an Ethiopian born artist whose experiences of the cultures in countries he’s visited (he’s been to quite a few) and lived in, aided in influencing his art. Due to Storm Doris aka ordinary breeze, I found getting to the gallery quite frustrating because a little bit of breeze seems to make the whole of the Transport for London networks misbehave; not like they don’t already misbehave. You’d think the amount i pay for transport monthly would equate to a reliable service. A journey that ought to take 30 minutes ended up being an hour because Madame Doris had no respect for my plans. Nevertheless, i got there later than expected and missed part of Daniel’s talk explaining the idea behind his artworks.
I must admit, at first sight i wasn’t in awe with the pieces on show but i did gel with a couple standout pieces that made me go ” I would not mind passing by this every day in my home” and for that, i made sure to get my photographer for the night (not by choice), my wonderful friend Emeke, to capture me with them.
Following a bird (Left) and Barcelona (Right)
Daniel Soresa was an absolute amazing person to talk to with a beautiful family. Speaking to him , I had to enquire what his favourite piece was because you have to keep these artist on their toes you know, and although he found it difficult to choose, he went for his latest piece (shown below) purely for the fact that it is the newest one.
Everything about the evening was going swimmingly well, with my champagne glass kept constantly topped up by the wonderful caterers and my sweet tooth catered for because who doesn’t love Ferrero Rocher? And if you don’t, fix your life. Iyanla is available.
But I truly didn’t anticipate just how well the evening would be when I got to meet 2 other fantastic artists: Mimi Shodeinde and Asiko the Artist. I first encountered Mimi’s work in my first visit to GAFRA together with Imanni Da Silva’s exhibition and I’m sorry, if you missed out on that exhibition, you missed out on quality. I also found Asiko’s work during my time in Lagos, Nigeria at Rele Art Gallery and both artists pieces can be found on GAFRA’s instagram.
Asiko the Artist (left) and Mimi Shodeinde (right)
Yesterday evening was what i needed to shift me into a better space. Surrounded by people who enjoy art, people rich enough to buy art (claim this for my life) and people who make art.
Daniel Soresa’s solo exhibition will be on till the 1st of April 2017 and you can check out more of his pieces at GAFRA, situated at 45 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4JL. Closest Underground Station: Green Park. Yes, it’s FREE.
Daniel Soresa artwork.