Ibiyinka Alao

Fire in Africa

Ca. 1999
24" x 18"
Tempera

Fire burns, destroys, but it also gives light. The idea in this painting is to show that every sad situation may also yield a good result. Africa has had her own share of wars, famines and natural disasters. However, these situations will also yield a good result in the near future. Nothing good comes easy and as fire burns, we cannot say that because of that destructive nature, then fire is not wanted anymore. Fire has its own many uses, especially, it gives light. And light gives us direction, makes us see and makes us into insightful people. In this painting, I have shown the faces coming out of the dark unknown into the marvelous light throbbing with yellow and burning with the urgency of the sun.

The masks represent faces of Africa and her children.

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