Theresa Musoke | Available work at Circle Art Gallery

Theresa Musoke (Uganda, b. 1944)

Theresa Musoke is one of Uganda and East Africa’s foremost artists. Musoke considers herself a semi-abstract painter and is best known for her expressive portrayals of the region’s abundant wildlife, using a range of mediums to develop her imagery. Musoke’s paintings are suggestive rather than realistic, merging the forms, colours and movements of animals with their environments. Her technique involves with dying her cotton canvases randomly, first, and then painting on them. The dye stains suggest forms on which she works with acrylic and oil paints until they resolve into a unified composition. This painting of endangered African wild dogs is exemplary of Musoke’s sensitivity to the nature of her subject.

Musoke’s first began to receive attention while she was an undergraduate student at the Margaret Trowell School of Fine Arts at Makerere University in Kampala, where she won the Margaret Trowell Painting Prize in 1965 and received a solo show at the Uganda Museum. After she received her BA, Musoke worked for some time as an art teacher before receiving a scholarship to study for a postgraduate diploma in printmaking the Royal College of Art in London. Following this, she went on to complete and MFA at the University of Pennsylvania.