24-12-2019 by Freddie del Curatolo
From last Saturday until next January 4, 2020, the Medina Palms in Watamu hosts an exhibition of very special and "noble" paintings inspired by Kenyan Nature. To have brought so much beauty and elegance to the coast of Kenya are two Italian painters and set designers from the New Academy of Fine Arts, Lara Crippa and Federica Mayer. The peculiarity of this "bi-personal" exhibition entitled "Dazzling Kenya" is the use of gold and silver leaves in each painting, which in the case of Mayer is gold and is used as a background for floral close-ups, in that of Lara Crippa, a frequent visitor to Kenya, interacts with the forms in her paintings inspired by the fauna.
"This part of Africa and the equator, among their essential elements, have light - explains the Lombard artist - which enhances all the present Nature and its forms and changes the vision and appearance of flora and fauna according to the time span. So with silver I wanted to convey the brightness of the day, while gold enhances the tones of the late afternoon until sunset".
Lara Crippa's silver is skilfully superimposed on black in the encounters of zebras that create one of the classic fleeting visions of the savannah, admirably imprinted here, while the colourful weaver among the bamboo reeds has the gift of an involving realism, as Kenya and its coast is for the painter.
"I've travelled a lot, especially the East, the Pacific and Australia - says Crippa - but the colours, shades and variety of landscapes and situations in Kenya for the painter, as well as for a photographer (another passion of hers, ed) are the best.
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