Wangari Mathenge is a figurative painter whose practice centres the experience of black women, often depicting close acquaintances in domestic or familiar environments. Expressive brushstrokes and a bold palette characterise assertive figures, comfortable in themselves and their relationship to others. Mathenge, who was born in Kenya and moved to the United States to study, draws on personal experience to examine conceptions of diaspora, migration and the plasticity of identity.
Mathenge was included in Pippy Houldsworth Gallery's 2020 Insight project, an online viewing platform that debuted new works by fifteen artists, all produced during lockdown. Click below to view Wangari Mathenge's Insight page.