Transgendered characters, violent and sexual content... House crossed the barriers and paints what is normally considered taboo. Maybe this is why his paintings sell so well in Nairobi - they are unique!
I met House at his home in the Ngecha village about an hour outside of Nairobi, and what a great host he was - see photo at left. His wife brought us tea and we sat around talking for hours. He had his friend Coco Jim, a wood sculptor there also, who proved to be very charming and humorous.
Ngecha is well known as an artists commune, and is the
area where many now-famous artists began their careers (I will be doing a
feature on the Ngecha Artists Association in the future). But now House has
branched-out on his own and has found a nice following for his art. He lives a
modest and relaxed lifestyle in Ngecha, allowing him plenty of time to paint and
gather bizarre ideas for more paintings.
6 October 2006-House is a hit! I have taken most of his SOLD paintings from the website (over 40) as they take up too much room on the server. He is the first Original African artist to make it big on the Inside African Art web page! Now, most of the remaining paintings can be acquired at their listed reduced prices!