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Samburu

Modern and Contemporary Art

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Samburu

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Medford Johnston
American, born 1941

Date

1988

Medium

Acrylic, modeling paste, and graphite on canvas

Accession #

1988.45

Dimensions

60 x 45 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Samburu belongs to a body of work inspired by Medford Johnston’s travels in Kenya and Tanzania in 1987. Johnston, who is based in Atlanta, studies the interplay between line, form, and color in works that echo the give-and-take interdependency between people and nature.

In this work, Johnston’s color choices suggest the rusty color of the earth around the Ewaso Nyiro River; the river itself, whose name means “brown water”; and isolated outcroppings of verdant oases.

Credit

Anonymous gift through the 20th-Century Art Acquisition Fund

Image Copyright

© W. Medford Johnston