Ibiyinka Alao

The Beauty Of Ngaski

Ca. 1999
18" x 24"
Tempera

In the place I traveled to, the natives go about stark naked with no electricity or running water. With no language communication, I won the friendship and trust of the natives through my painting. This they understood. The two here are carrying bundles on their backs (their heads are too sacred to carry a burden). They are walking along the riverbank as the sun sets in a bold, red sky. The beauty of Ngaski is that although the fa´┐Żade is closed for fear of betrayal, there is a marvelous light of simplicity within the heart of this people when they share it with you.

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