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This new work will be among the new batik paintings on show at the Nov 24/25 at Hotel Africana Rotary International Art Exhibition. It was an inspiration I got after visiting Nakasero fruit market in Kampala. The area is always busy especially in the morning with farmers selling off their fruits and foodstuff to traders. There are two houses which accomodate a large number of the stalls. The rest of the activities are carried out in open air outside these 2 houses. This work shows you what you see immediately after entering one of the 2 fruit market houses, they are all similar. What captivated me most was the perspective made by row of pillars that support the building. The actual color of these in the market is fire-engine red. The other day I went back to the market after completing this work and I was so amazed by the scene, it felt like I was literally walking inside my painting.


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