Michael Armitage’s Conjestina: a trippy evocation of Kenyan exoticism

By Skye Sherwin

This tragic depiction of a female boxing champion recalls Gauguin's compact nudes and Watteau's Pierrot

The young Kenya-born, London-based painter Michael Armitage often makes beautiful images inspired by terrible things. Rendered on traditional bark cloth, his layers of paint fade trippily from one lush colour to another, from tangerine to purple, with the occasional jolt of green. The fluid figures gently shape-shift within his birth country's twisting trees and melting hills.

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