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THE FINISHED LION BATIK

LION FAMILY (2011)
SIZE: 3ft x 3ft
STATUS: Commission

The lion batik is already finished. This is commissioned work by a client in the US that took me weeks to finish. I used 5 pictures of lions from 4 wildlife magazines. It was quite a challenge getting these pictures together. First of all, four of the 5 pictures had scattered cubs and female lions but no male lion. I decided to construct 2 sketches that didn't have a male lion but on a closer look I realised that the painting will not be 'loud' without a male lion. The problem was that the only picture of a male lion that I could find was a head of about 2x1 inches and facing left. I thank God that I was able to turn the head facing left into a lion standing and facing right with the whole family and bringing the scattered family t…

LION BATIK A BIG CHALLENGE

I am currently working on a lion batik job. This is one of a few jobs that I reach a stage where I have little or no idea how to proceed. I have to bring out all the batiking knowledge I've accumulated over the years and to ask for God's grace to be able to continue.

MARKET SCENES HAVE INFLUENCED MY BATIK ART

Title: KALERWE MARKET TRADERS (2011)
Size: 18x12 inches (For sale) Email: lukandwad@yahoo.co.uk

THE STORY
This batik was inspired by Kalerwe market, one of the busiest fresh crop markets that are dotted around Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. I spent over 7 years passing this market on my way to school and I can now appreciate the influence this place has had on my work. This influence is evident in the conversational appearance of my characters. Before you enter into the market, what you hear is one deafening noise but this is deceptive. As you go through the market, you begin to hear individual conversations mostly on bargaining and gossiping, everyone is talking to another. I always strive to portray these interesting scenarios in my batik art.