Young Talent at First Friday June

This month’s First Friday art exhibition showcased emerging artists in their first ever public exhibition. The artists, Jacques Irankuna, Angelo Urukundo, and Cedric Bugingo-Shema, three former students from the local Kigali Green Hills Academy, showed theirs skills in a wide variety of media, displaying painting, sculpture, animation, photography, and graphic design.

Taught by artist and IB art teacher Gilles Grassioulet, the students welcomed the challenge to test their creative juices in different ways. “I’m good at using a computer, but with art [class] I also acquired new skills; I learned how to stretch a canvas, how to make sculpture out of bottles” said Angelo.

Stand-out pieces included a edited self portrait by Cedric entitled “Self Deconstruction”, intricately molded face sculptures by Jacques depicting the students in his art class, and a large splatter paint on canvas by Angelo entitled “Art and Dancing”, made entirely by squirting paint while dancing on the canvas. The painting was accompanied by a  video of Angelo dancing as he created the piece.

The artists were able to use this opportunity to reflect on two years of hard work in IB art, and to explain their creative processes and methods to members of the public. We wish al three of them luck in their future endeavors!

About Katherine

Katherine has been living in Rwanda since January of 2012, and has spent her time writing, teaching, managing, running, and generally enjoying sunshine and green hills. As Director of Creative Operations at The Office, Katherine focuses on public relations and community building. Most of her time is dedicated to ensuring that all Office members are happy, healthy, and positively contributing to our young and growing community.

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