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Label Text
Simon George Mpata’s style of painting is often referred to as Tinga Tinga, a reference to his half brother Edward Tingatinga who organized a group of self-taught artists in Dar es Salaam. Distinguished by bright colors on fiberboard, the majority of the group’s paintings focus on animals in curvilinear decorative patterns. Here, Mpata depicts a scene of fishermen with their catch on Africa’s east coast.
Square painting on fiberboard of fishermen (two men, six fish, one boat)
Provenance
Collected July 1972 to October 1975 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Exhibition History
Currents: Water in African Art, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 2016-ongoing
Topic
fish
boat
National Museum of African Art
Rights
Copyright 1971-1973 Edward Mpata
S. G. Mpata, 1942 - 1984, b. Tanzania
Credit Line
Gift of Ambassador and Mrs. W. Beverly Carter, Jr.
Medium
Enamel paint on fiberboard
Dimensions
H x W: 61.6 x 61.6 cm (24 1/4 x 24 1/4 in.)
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Exhibition
Currents: Water in African Art
On View
NMAfA, Third Level Corridor
Geography
Tanzania
1971-1973
Type
Painting
Object number
79-28-55