Inspired by his travels to various African cities, Richard Ketley’s ‘Bacchus and Boda Boda’ is a continued response to the vibrant and salubrious life of these cities.
The title “Bacchus and Boda Boda” blends together Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and festivities, and boda-boda, a Ugandan term describing the ubiquitous motorbike taxis, a common feature throughout Africa.
The two symbols capture a sense of the nightlife and energy of African cities, contrasting with the widely held idea of the African city as a scene of poverty and alienation.
Ketley’s works are rendered in oil and charcoal on translucent mediums, which allow the drawing to remain within the painting.
Venue: Main Gallery, AVA Gallery, 35 Church Street, Cape Town
Exhibition Opening: Thurs 2 May 2019 @ 6pm
Opening Times: Tues – Fri 10am to 5pm | Sat 10am – 1pm