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Online art gallery broadens scope to include Egyptian artists

Bassem Yousri's A Window (left), Untitled by Ashraf Rassian (centre) and  Woman & a Flower by Souad Abdel Rasoul at Ikigai. PHOTOS | MARGARETTA WA GACHERU | NMG
Bassem Yousri's A Window (left), Untitled by Ashraf Rassian (centre) and Woman & a Flower by Souad Abdel Rasoul at Ikigai. PHOTOS | MARGARETTA WA GACHERU | NMG 

GravitArt is an online art gallery that’s been hosting a wide array of East African artists based in Nairobi since early this year. It was officially launched with a Pop-Up Exhibition at the Safron Spa in Westlands last April.

Both the exhibition and the website feature mainly Kenyan artists like Peter Elungat, Dennis Muraguri, Shabu Mwangi, Michael Soi and many others. But one will also find works by a broad assortment of East African artists, such as Fitsum Berhe from Ethiopia, El Tayeb Dawelbait and Saleh Elmur from Sudan. Artworks from Congo, Benin and Nigeria are also on the website.

GravitArt’s second pop-up exhibition currently up at Ikigia Business Centre (off General Mathenge Road) reflects the mission of the gallery’s founder Veronica P. It’s to make the online gallery more inclusive of African art.

Entitled ‘Hidden Stories from Egypt’, the exhibition features nearly 50 paintings by seven Egyptians and one Sudanese artist.

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