ROBERT SLINGSBY

“My art is dedicated to portraying the progress of marginalized communities as they transition into modern paradigms. I focus on communities who embody a rich culture which goes back tens of thousands of years. As the tide of development reaches even the most remote parts of Africa, tribes often get sacrificed, defenceless against the need for economic growth. It is complex.

I began my recording with the marginalised Nama community in the Richtersveld desert of southern Africa; dislocated by the off limits, open cast diamond mines. I was always interested in the rock art which litters the barren landscape; abstract designs engraved into black dolomite rock.

Through a recent exhibition of mine, highlighting the effect of Anthropocene man, I became aware of the tribes in the southern region of Ethiopia, bordering on the Sudan and Kenya. The story was all too familiar. I was also fascinated by the way they painted their faces and bodies, reminiscent of the abstract geometric petroglyphs. This offered continuity in the work I am determined to do.”

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Cutting the cut
Cutting the cut

Charcoal & chalk pastel drawing

on Arches 300 gram cotton rag paper

External frame size: W 117 x H 130 cm's

Cutting the cut
Cutting the cut Cutting the cut
I am Amer
I am Amer

Charcoal and chalk pastel drawing

on Arches 300 gram cotton rag paper

External frame size: W 109 x H 141cm's

I am Amer
I am Amer I am Amer
I am Atari
I am Atari

Charcoal and chalk pastel drawing

on Arches 300 gram cotton rag paper

External frame size: W 127 x H 188 cm's

I am Atari
I am Atari I am Atari
I am Bordi Keke
I am Bordi Keke

Charcoal and chalk pastel drawing

on Arches 300 gram cotton rag paper

External frame size: W 131.5 x H 118.5 cm's

I am Bordi Keke
I am Bordi Keke I am Bordi Keke
I am Kare Dubale
I am Kare Dubale

Charcoal and chalk pastel drawing

on Arches 300 gram cotton rag paper

External frame size: W 116 x H 204 cm's

I am Kare Dubale
I am Kare Dubale I am Kare Dubale
I am Nga Jareholi
I am Nga Jareholi

Charcoal and chalk pastel drawing

on Arches 300 gram cotton rag paper

External frame size: W 195x H 135 cm's

I am Nga Jareholi
I am Nga Jareholi I am Nga Jareholi
I am Olu
I am Olu

Charcoal and chalk pastel drawing

on Arches 300 gram cotton rag paper

External frame size: W 115 x H 209 cm’s

I am Olu
I am Olu I am Olu
I am Shalme
I am Shalme

Charcoal and chalk pastel drawing

on Arches 300 gram cotton rag paper

External frame size: W 117 x H 130 cm's

I am Shalme
I am Shalme I am Shalme