Tamrat Gezahegn

  • Untitled

    2012

    acrylic on canvas

    129 x 129 cm
  • Armamiew (the thinker)

    2013

    acrylic on canvas

    110 x 110 cm
    Armamiew (the thinker)
  • Untitled

    2005

    acrylic on paper on board

    82 x 93 cm
  • Untitled

    watercolour + charcoal on paper

    23 x 30,5 cm
  • Untitled

    marker on paper

    23 x 30,5 cm
  • Untitled

    2012

    acrylic on canvas

    100 x 100 cm
  • Untitled

    2006

    acrylic on paper

    66 x 100 cm
  • Injera

    2013

    acrylic on canvas

    110 x 120 cm
    Injera
  • Menetekel

    2012

    acrylic on canvas

    110x120 cm
    Menetekel
  • Door Meditation2

    2013

    acrylic on canvas

    140 x 150 cm
    Door Meditation2
  • Untitled

    2006

    acrylic on paper on board

    103 x 99 cm
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born in 1977

Tamrat Gezahegn attended the Addis Ababa Fine Arts School, where he studied under painter Mezgebu Tessema. After his graduation in 2001 the artist and members of his class founded the New Art Space Studio in Addis Ababa where he made and exhibited his work for several years. Tamrat felt constraint at the art school by the structured curriculum and frustrated by requirements to stretch and prime canvas and make other customary preparations for painting.

He preferred to work with whatever materials were readily at hand in a spontaneous manner. Gradually Tamrat identified the kinds of materials he wanted to use and developed a distinctive artistic vocabulary with a personal brushstroke, line, colour sense that were evident whether his compositions were abstract or representational. Tamrat uses house paints, sometimes in combination with pastel stick and India ink. He enjoys experimenting with these materials and is not concerned with the permanence of his work.

Selected Exhibtions

2012

Raumexperimente / Studio Olafur Eliasson, an educational research project in collaboration with Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany

2011

LELA Gallery Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2007

ARCO Art Fair Madrid, Spain

2005/06

Asni Gallery Addis Ababa, Ethiopia