Ash is a self-taught artist who has been painting full time since leaving his job as a Research Assistant at the Laikipia Research Programme in 1990.
His abstract paintings, flowing with passionate strokes, touch on ecstasy, spirituality, insanity, sensuality, and are vibrant with philosophical thoughts.
One of his paintings was selected for the Millennium Art Collection with the theme “2000 Resources to Love the Earth” and is on display in a prestigious art gallery in The Hague, Netherlands.
From Contemporary Art in Kenya 2006: Ash Uman, a born troubled soul, does not settle for the easy answers in life perhaps on account of the fact that he is a child of the Idi Amin period in Uganda. After years of questioning the art scene's simplistic notions of African art, he has come full-circle to settle scores with himself by revisiting and questioning what his art is all about.
From Artistic Perception of Home, Nairobi, 2002: Born in Kampala, Uganda, in 1965, Ash Uman, attended secondary school in Nairobi before taking up different jobs, among them that of a cartographer. He considers himself a self-taught painter. Since 1989, the date of his first solo exposition, in Nairobi judiciously entitled, 'Strokes for Thought', Ash Uman has continued as a professional painter who doggedly refuses to make any concessions to market forces. Since his first painting in which he appropriated techniques and forms between cubism, and free figuration and abstraction. Ash Uman has progressed in his own independent and evolutionary manner. In the past few years he has concentrated on a lyrical form of figuration that places man, often represented as part of a group (see paintings below), on center stage. His themes are not visibly African. Ash Uman restrains from representing subjects with fixed identities. A conceptual artist, Ash submits his practice to a process of constant reviewing. He quite likes theorizing about his progression and his art, which must be considered as an uneasy questioning of the reality of East African cultures and fight for a form of contemporary African painting which refuses folklore just as much as western artistic dogmas.
Jan 2013 - New Paintings added - Small in size but interesting nonetheless. Ash's abstract style demands interpretation, making these paintings stand on their own in attention. Unlike a realistic paintings where 'what you see is what you get', abstract paintings ask for an emotional or introspective involvement - no matter what the size. I hope you enjoy these:
These are excellent examples of Ash's abstract style. Complicated in design, yet portray a simplicity of idea. Over a foot and a half wide and more than three feet tall, they make a formidable presence on any wall! Certainly a focal point, these paintings are impressive - they are the type of paintings that you never get tired of because the more you look at them, the more you see IN them! Something new and interesting is only your imagination away!
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The paintings below are sold. Thank you for your patronage - these paintings are fantastic!
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