Afro-boriginal: Exhibition of Portrait Paintings by Natasha Sweeting


Exhibition of Portrait Paintings by Natasha Sweeting

Natasha Sweeting, brings Africa to Bath with a new exhibition at Walcot Chapel. Opening night will be Thursday 19th October (5pm till 8pm), where you can experience African music from the fantastic Bristol based Ben Baddoo. He will be playing the African xylophone and singing on the night at the Walcot Chapel.

There will be Afro-carribarn food from The Caribbean Spot (Lower Bristol Road), who are providing amazing African inspired canapés, plus there will also be Tanzanian style Mojitos, and spicy Scotch Bonnet Gin & Tonics.

The show continues Friday 20th and Saturday 21st, 11am-7pm.

Born to a Tanzanian mother and a British father in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1981, Natasha Sweeting’s artistic endeavours began at a very young age, influenced by the bright bold colours and strong shapes often favoured in African cultures.

While in school, she developed an interest in portrait painting and was especially drawn to the untold stories behind people’s expressions and the power of the gaze. Natasha pursued her artistic education in the UK studying at Loughborough University, Goldsmiths University and Kent Institute of Art & Design. After returning back to Tanzania, she continued to develop her skills and gain recognition for her work through various exhibitions – all covering the theme of the African identity through portraiture.

Life’s current journey has seen Natasha return to the UK and settle in Bath where she resides and works. Her latest theme ‘Afroboriginal’ explores pointillism and dot painting of the primitive Aboriginal tribes of Australia, where dream painting, aerial mapping and spiritual symbols were drawn on rock and bodies to pass deep knowledge and history to new generations. This combined with the discovery of the prevalence of dot painting in Tanzanian indigenous art, contemporary movements such as Tanzania’s Edward Said Tinga Tinga and German artist Sigmar Polke’s experimental screen prints has resulted in this vibrant body of work.