With everyone on the planet now dabbling in some form of photography thanks to more affordable DSLR cameras, better quality “point-and-shoot” cameras and of course, good old Instagram, it’s great to see some young folks still pursuing illustration and fine art, despite the fact that Arts and Crafts as a subject was unfortunately struck out of our Kenyan curriculum.
Despite that, there are some amazing Kenyan illustrators and fine artists who have taken the art form to the next level, and are gracious enough to share their work on social media with the rest of the world.
1. Musa Omusi.
This is the guy behind the Made With Love studio, the clothing line Bongo Sawa, as well as all the fantastic artwork for Africa Nouveau, Blankets And Wine, The A to Z of Kenyan Twitter among other projects. He is insanely prolific, constantly creating new digital illustrations, and sometimes making them into spectacular GIFs.
2. Phoebe Boswell.
Kenyan born Phoebe Boswell studied painting and 2D animation, and now combines traditional draughtsmanship and digital technology to create elaborate drawings which she shares on her website and on twitter. Born to a Kikuyu mother and a fourth generation British Kenyan father, she was brought up as an “expatriate” in the Middle East before finally settling in London.
Check out more of her work on her website.
3. Jeffrey Otieno.
Jeffrey Otieno is a visual artist and illustrator whose pieces are hardhitting and humorous in the same breath. Some of his collections highlight social issues in his signature style, while others showcase what his illustration process looks like. He also creates caricatures of recognised personalities which he showcases on his Instagram page where he goes by JCreativeMinds, and offers them up for sale as well.