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SELECTED WORKS BY Ephrem Solomon

Dignity of the Lady
Ephrem Solomon
Dignity of the Lady

2013

Woodcut and mixed media

90 x 95 cm
Ephrem Solomon portrays the distance between the governing and the governed, fleshing out tender subjects whose lives are marked by a lack of political agency and meaning. Solomon’s mixed media layering of human experience in his native Ethiopia are descriptive images of everyday life, that which is neither extraordinary nor uncommon. However, these seemingly mundane objects such as the artists’ signature chair and slippers are in fact catalysts in the elaboration of a broader political story. Unpacking the artist’s anecdotal imaginings, the emergence and reemergence of Solomon’s ‘Untitled’ characters, solemn-looking men and women, allude to the negotiation of will in the face of immobility and oppression. Suddenly, the chairs, slippers, and paper clippings become the characters of a personal narrative, recurring in meaningful ways as if torn from the pages of the artist’s own diary.
Political Game 3
Ephrem Solomon
Political Game 3

2012

Woodcut and mixed media

85 x 86 cm
The social and political tensions that underline Solomon’s explorations of Ethiopia’s tensions are not overt. Regional instabilities rooted in inherited hierarchies could well be their concern, or might it be the swelling religious tensions that continue to pressurise rural communities. In Solomon’s gentle woodcuts, the ambiguity of location, which is often flattened, neutralised and nondescript, reveals nothing except the artist’s apparent refusal to illustrate or oversimplify the complexity of his environment. Upheaval and displacement play a significant role in the highly polarised rhetoric of Ethiopian politics, especially in the behaviours and mobilisations under ethnic federalism. Seemingly conflicting interests of traditional hierarchies, divided by generational and gender lines, have lead to systematic oppressions and inequalities based on historic ethnic affinities.
The Two Gamblers
Ephrem Solomon
The Two Gamblers

2013

Woodcut and mixed media

62 x 62 cm
Plain, chequered and patchwork surfaces form the backgrounds for his signature slipper (The Political Game, 2013) and chairs (Untitled 2, 2013), which refer to the ways and manners of Ethiopian society. Here, the underutilised object becomes an allegory for the unfulfilled lives of the citizens who appear to be doing nothing more than waiting. In Solomon’s woodcuts the isolation of the human figure and his or her surroundings is often reflected in monochromatic tones. In his depictions of inanimate objects, the absence of the body from chairs, and the removal of feet from several pairs of slippers suggest a loss of presence. Solomon’s ‘Untitled Lives’ are local in scale, relating specifically to the city of Addis Ababa, yet they could have been produced anywhere. These observations reveal more than a political tension but rather a state of being at odds with a system beyond one’s control.
Untitled (Portrait Series)
Ephrem Solomon
Untitled (Portrait Series)

2013

Woodcut and mixed media

32 x 32 cm
Untitled (Portrait Series)
Ephrem Solomon
Untitled (Portrait Series)

2013

Woodcut and mixed media

32 x 32 cm
Untitled (Portrait Series)
Ephrem Solomon
Untitled (Portrait Series)

2013

Woodcut and mixed media

32 x 32 cm
Gamnler 5
Ephrem Solomon
Gamnler 5

2012

Woodcut and mixed media

59 x 64 cm
The Two Sorrow Faces
Ephrem Solomon
The Two Sorrow Faces

2013

Woodcut and mixed media

90 x 95 cm
The Unknown Lady
Ephrem Solomon
The Unknown Lady

2013

Woodcut and mixed media

90 x 95 cm
Unknown Life
Ephrem Solomon
Unknown Life

2013

Woodcut and mixed media

85 x 90 cm
Untitled
Ephrem Solomon
Untitled

2013

Woodcut and mixed media

90 x 95 cm
Untitled Life 4
Ephrem Solomon
Untitled Life 4

2013

Woodcut and mixed media

90 x 95 cm
Untitled 2
Ephrem Solomon
Untitled 2

2013

Woodcut and mixed media

74 x 74 cm
Untitled 2
Ephrem Solomon
Untitled 2

2013

Woodcut and mixed media

85 x 90 cm
© Osei Bonsu, 2014

Ephrem Solomon's BIOGRAPHY

Ephrem Solomon
Born in 1983, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Lives and works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2014
Untitled Life - Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK

2012
Le Rustique Exhibition - Nairobi, Kenya

GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2013
Modern and Contemporary East African Art – Auction,
Circle Art Agency, Nairobi, Kenya.
6th Edition - East Africa Art Biennale, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Art of Ethiopia - Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
African Aesthetics - Addis Ababa University Institute of Ethiopian Studies Museum (Addis Ababa Ethiopia)
Contemporary African Art and its Caricature -IchonoYakata Gallery Yokohama City University, Japan.
Chewata, The Game of Life - Italian Culture Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

2012
Swahili Beach Art Gallery, Mombasa, Kenya.
Sanaa Ya Makaratasi African Paper Art-Process, Substance & Environment - Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya.

2011
Diani Beach Art Gallery - Mombasa, Kenya.
NETSA Art village Group art show, Ethiopia.
DUCTAC – Dubai community Theatre and arts centre, Dubai.
Elsamere Conservation Centre C/O Kuona Arts Trust, Nairobi.
Fana Wogi Modern Art Museum / Gebre Kirstos Desta Center, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

2010
2nd International Biennial of painters and sculptor - Croatia.

2009
Entoto TVET College - Ethiopia.

2006
Nairobi Goethe-institute - Kenya.
Nairobi Alliance Francaise - Kenya.

2004
Addis Ababa City Hale, Ethiopia.

2002
Russian Centre for Science & Culture, Ethiopia.