Shabu Mwangi at NADA, New York by Caroline Tilleard

Tilleard Projects is proud to present  a solo presentation of painted portraits by Lawrence (Shabu) Mwangi at NADA, New York from March 8-11, 2018.

Artwork details available here.

Thirty-two year old Mwangi’s paintings are about the human emotions he encounters amongst silenced minorities.  One of Shabu Mwangi’s central themes describes escape and migration. His most recent series came out of interactions and exchanges with asylum seekers in Berlin. Mwangi spent five-months in Germany on a painting fellowship, “narrating” the lives of the stateless, voiceless refugees.

Shabu Mwangi’s portraits are minimal and indistinct. Flat plains of color create inhuman landscapes in which the formless open-mouthed figures float. The faces and bodies are ill-defined – it is the oil stick skeletal lines for teeth, for hands, for feet that define these forms as human. In a number of larger works, scraped lines of red or yellow define claustrophobic spaces for the inhabitants; a caged Francis Bacon-esque existence. In others dry translucent layers shroud the figures.  The hazy hues riff on 1950s color field explorations. They create a beautiful background to despair.

Shabu Mwangi lives and works in Mukuru, an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya. He is the founder and director of Wanjukuu Art Project. Mwangi had a recent solo exhibition at Circle Gallery, Nairobi. He was the 2017 Fellow at the IFA Schlesische (S27) in Berlin. Shabu’s work has been presented at GARFA, London, in 2014, and Waende Suedost Project in Essen, Germany in 2012.       

The New Venture by Caroline Tilleard

Caroline Tilleard is pleased to present her new venture TILLEARD PROJECTS

Tilleard Projects is proud to continue the program of Cuevas Tilleard; sponsoring an Artist Residency in Lamu Kenya, hosting exhibitions in New York and Nairobi, and participating in Art Fairs in the United States and internationally.

Establishing our connection with contemporary African Art, Tilleard Projects will be presenting work by Kenyan painter Shabu Mwangi at NADA New York in Booth 4.15 from March 8-11, 2018.

The first residency under the new banner will run March 23-April 20, 2018, at Ras Firdaws, Lamu, Kenya. Tilleard Projects will be hosting Emily Kiacz (American, painter) Leah Guadagnoli (America, sculptor) and Marcela Florido (Brazilian, painter) on the Swahili island; providing a new landscape, a new culture, and a way to break routine and allow in new influences.

Caroline Tilleard would like to thank the Wayne to her Garth, Anna Maria Cuevas.

We are so proud of what we built together as Cuevas Tilleard. Founded in 2014, our project covered exhibition pop-ups, participation in art fairs, curatorial projects, a gallery in Chinatown, a storefront window on Grand Street, an Artist Residency program in Kenya, and epic artist-dinner basement dance parties.

Cuevas Tilleard thanks all the artists who showed their work with us. All the collectors, curators, critics, and friends - old and new - who made the dream factory run.

A complete list of the artists who presented their work at Cuevas Tilleard: Philip Ashley, Joe Ballweg, Yevgeniya Baras, Andrea Belag, Andrea Bergart, Genesis Belanger, Todd Bienvenu, Julia Bland, Kate Blomquist, Joe Brittain, Michael Childress, Megan Cotts, Matias Cuevas, Rob Davis, Georgia Dickie, Ariel Dill, Hannah Rose Dumes, Alex Ebstein, Benjamin Edmiston, Sarah Faux, Ryan Foerster, Leah Guadagnoli, Alexander Heffesse, Chris Hood, Kristen Jensen, Jason Karolak, Jordan Kasey, Kurt Kauper, Emily Kiacz, Anya Kielar, Rachel Klinghoffer, Emma Kohlmann, Denise Kupferschmidt, Karen Lederer, Brandon Lomax, Sharon Madanes, Lucy Mink-Covello, Joseph Montgomery, Kristine Moran, Amy Pleasant, Andy Ralph, Alan Reid, Les Rogers, Martin Roth, Lauren Seiden, Sally Saul, Benjamin Testa, Tracy Thomason, Sebastian Vallejo, Anne Vieux, Maria Walker, Max Warsh, Tad Lauritzen Wright.