Reviews & Profiles
A journey to the wild through art
Posted Saturday, October 26 2013 at 01:00
Showing at the AKA Gallery until November 8 is a fearsome and fun trip to wildlife with Hood Jjuuko’s collection of paintings. The art show, which commenced on October 19, takes us through Jjuuko’s journey through various parts of Uganda, viewing the different animals and how he uses his experience to deliver simple messages through the different postures of the animals he saw.
As ever at an exhibition, it’s hard to shift your eyes away from the humans and towards the art. Jjuuko captivates viewers in his art-works by focusing on the eyes on the animals, which the viewer sees through and drifts to illusions of what one would do if they were face to face with such beasts.
Still, one has to tighten their view to the external details behind the animals that lay in the different paintings. Waiting, one of the art-works being show-cased depicts a leopard lying in grass.
Faisal Ssentume, an artist, interpreted this art piece as one that talked to the viewer to be patient and take everything in life one step at a time. With an experience of nine years in the art profession, the 33-year-old artist had quite an uplifting show using wildlife as a symbol.
The way he handles oil and acrylics on canvas manifests him as an artist that uses natural settings to give encouraging messages to the public.