October 3rd, 2017
Elsen returns to the Talisman for the third time since 2011, and unveils the very best images he has captured over the past two years. Elsen's wildlife and landscape photos are a combined product of his 35 years in Kenya, an education in wildlife ecology, love of nature and technical creativity.
September 12th, 2017
Tanzanian artist Haji Chilonga was born in Lukuledi in 1969, in an artistic environment, where his father was a blacksmith and his mother a potter. He started his career creating artworks for commercial advertisements and later decided to become a serious painter and trained in Dar Es Salam and Austria.
June 26th, 2017
Kenya born artist Kathy Katuti’s first exhibition at Talisman is certainly a celebration of beauty. From nature and wildlife to rural scenes, her work captures moments of everyday occurrences in this beautiful country, highlighting the incredible diversity of everything Kenya has to offer.
February 14th, 2017
Arim Andrew is one of Uganda’s top rated artists who specializes in oil and acrylic painting primarily inspired by wildlife conservation and protection. Born in Rukungiri, he graduated with a degree in Social Science from the University of Kampala, after which he took to painting and has since exhibited locally and internationally.
Jemma Davies & Larissa Hoop
November 8th, 2016
Jemma and Larissa grew up together and have been collaborating creatively since school. As an exhibition, Slices of Life showcases each artist’s interpretation of the everyday world around them. Subject choices encompass the simplicity of daily occurrences as well as the most impressive aspects of living here in Kenya.
AUGUST 9TH 2016
Patrick Ng’ang’a Karimi is a Kenyan experimental artist and art educator, known for his unique and original style of painting. He began his career as a self-taught artist, learning through books and gallery visits, which eventually led him to Kenya’s famed Gallery Watatu.
April 25th, 2016
David Maiden is an award winning portrait painter based between his studios in London and Tsavo. David won the Arts Club award in 2013 and was recently shortlisted for the SELF award by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. David’s portrait of Lord Joffe was recently chosen to be exhibited in The Mall Galleries on Trafalgar Square.
March 15, 2016
Growing up in a place like Africa, a land full of color, vast open landscape and scenic coastal areas has certainly contributed to Taskin’s deep passion for the arts. Her experiences added to her love for color, nature and the nature world around her which continues to serve as subjects and backgrounds to many of her compositions.
MARCH 5, 2015
Kenyan artiste Mike Kyalo is renowned for his ability to portray the mood and environment of his homeland, capturing movement, expression and body language in his unique style. Based at the GoDown Art Centre, Kyalo works primarily in paint, though he has done pieces in dry pastels, chalk and charcoal and found objects.
FEBRUARY 8, 2015
Born in Addis Ababa and raised in Asmara, Eritrea, Rahel Bahlibi’s colourful Horn of Africa background shines through in her work, currently on display at The Talisman. With a clear passion for the arts from childhood, Rahel studied at Asmara’s Mara Art Association, developing her skills and training in new trends and forms of expression.
JANUARY 15, 2014
Based out of Kuona Trust Visual Arts Centre in Kilmani, Fawaz broadly works with acrylic on canvas, merging colors and cascading visual elements. Originally from Sudan and a graduate of the College of Fine Art at Sudan University, he is principally influenced by African folklore and the Arab legacy.
TRADITIONAL AFRICAN ART
DECEMBER 18, 2014
The Talisman winds down the year with an exhibition of traditional African art including wooden masks from Ivory Coast and Congo, a beaded skirt and a purse from West Africa, a wedding trompet from South Sudan and other affordable artefacts including a coconut grinder from Tanzania and a smoking pipe from the Congo.
October 26, 2014
So many people in the neighbourhood look forward to this time, around the end of the year, when Amy Sandys-Lumsdaine shows her stuff at Talisman again! This year, her exhibition starts on Tuesday 28th October and runs until Sunday 23rd November. The collection of works is inspired by her travels in Kenya.
JULY 14, 2014
The young and talented Alex Mbevo is back at Talisman. Mbevo was a student under popular Kenyan artist Patrick Mukabi from the Nairobi GoDown Arts Centre in Industrial Area. He became an independent artist in 2012, and since then we have watched him slowly step out of his cocoon and begin to develop his own style.
ARTIST KATY MCINTYRE BROWN
JUNE 3, 2014
A wild creative chromosome has clearly been passed down from grandmother, to mother, to daughter. After several years of successful home exhibitions in Karen, Katy McIntyre Brown brings her artistic flair back to the Talisman through her bold, new oil paintings.
BARRY KOENECKE AT TALISMAN
MARCH 25, 2014
Barry Koenecke tells us that he was born in Kisumu but moved to Mombasa when he was only seven days old. Raised at the Kenyan coast, he loves walking the streets of our coastal towns, taking photos of every day coastal scenes. Most of his shoots are executed in Lamu, Zanzibar or Malindi.
WORKS BY XAVIER VERHOEST
FEBRUARY 17, 2014
From Tuesday February 18th to Sunday March 9th Talisman will exhibit a collection of works by Xavier Verhoest. Born in DRC in 1964, Verhoest studied film editing in Belgium and subsequently studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and Ecole des Beaux Arts in Brussels.
JANUARY 6, 2014
From Tuesday January 7th to Sunday January 26th, Talisman, via the Amazing Bazaar in Nairobi’s Industrial Area, will be exhibiting African artifacts from across Africa – authentic masks and accessories from Congo and Gabon through to the Ivory Coast, all at affordable prices.
Artist Dominique Thoenes at Talisman
November 12, 2013
Talisman is honoured to host the work of artist Dominique Thoenes, whose canvases depict local scenes familiar to anyone who lives in and around Karen. Familiar streets, homes and even landmarks like our restaurant are featured in vibrant, beautiful oils.
Artist Zihan Kassam at Talisman
September 30, 2013
Zihan Kassam, popular for her acrylic nature-abstracts these last three years, has moved on to a new subject matter in the ‘The Bicycle Man’. From her familiar rustic trees, reed swamps and old barns, city life in Nairobi seems to have influenced her and now we see something different.