Sunday, 29 August 2010

Maclade Bezy

'La Famille Africaine' EXHIBITION - Nexus Arts Cafe

'A person without culture is similar to a tree without roots. Because in Africa a family is a whole culture'

Maclade Bezy is a ceramicist and sculptor working for over thiry years. Born into a large family in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he first trained with his father who was a ceramic and wood artist. In the late 70's Maclade trained as a ceramicist at the Kinshasa Academy Des Beau-Arts, developing an original and personal style. He works predominantly in ceramics and sculpture but also uses painting and drawing as an inspiration.. His pieces depict his African heritage, drawing on form, textures and proportion that reflect everyday life in Africa.. He draws these elements into his ceramic masks, human forms and paintings using bold and distinct shapes, earthy colours and gestures to reflect a certain mood andfeel of the human experience.

In La Famille Africaine Maclade has created a new series of works, taking inspiration from traditional African sculpture and translating this into the issues the artist has experienced since he fled from the Congo in 1990. This collection of work is the artist's first major UK exhibition.

Exhibition runs Thursday 9th September - Tuesday 26th October 2010