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Quarry Boy


Quarry Boy Painting

Matt Kayem


Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 28 W x 28 H x 1 D in

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About The Artwork

The painting tells a story of this young boy who crashes stones/rocks in a quarry to make ends meet.This is quite a popular occupation in rural areas of my country Uganda. This boy is having the experience tough,bruising and wounding his hands. Life is hitting him hard like the hammer he's using to crash the rocks. Amidst all this,the eye of providence(Hondurus eye) is watching from a distance signifying that with everything that's happening,there is hope,there is somebody watching.

Details & Dimensions

Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:28 W x 28 H x 1 D in

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Matt Kayem is a Ugandan contemporary visual artist. Born Michael Matthew Kayiwa on 5th June 1991 to a retired teacher and a retired mid-wife in the small town of Mityana, 60 kilometres from the capital Kampala. Both his parents owned a bookstore right in the heart of the town which meant that the young Michael would be introduced to writing and drawing at an early stage. He started kindergarten school in a local school in Mityana and his drawing skills were evidently good even at that stage. He attended Budo Junior School for his primary education, a traditionally prestigious school and continued to Mengo Senior School for his secondary level. At Mengo Senior, he took on art as a subject right from senior one. After his secondary school, he joined Michelangelo College of Creative Arts, Kisubi. After three years at the art school, he attained a certificate and diploma in art and design in October 2015. He has exhibited at the Makerere art gallery in a group exhibition dubbed “My Art, My Life”. This was immediately after graduation from art school in November-December 2015. He was one of the selected artists to perform at the Laba Arts Festival on 11th June 2016 where he did a live painting performance. Matt Kayem opened up his first solo exhibition on 22nd July 2016 at Under Ground gallery. The exhibition was titled “Pop-Rap-Hip”. Matt Kayem is one of the artists showed at the 2nd edition of the Kampala Art Biennale in September 2016. Kayem recently showed in a group exhibition at the Nommo gallery in a show dubbed “The East African Connect” which ran from 14th October to 30th October 2016. In April 2017, he was part of ‘Ekifananyi kya Muteesa”, a group exhibition at the Makerere art gallery. He is currently an artist in residency at 32 degrees East, Ugandan Arts Trust, a centre, only one of it’s kind in Uganda that nurtures contemporary artists. Matt Kayem is a full time visual artist that applies his skills in painting, sculpture, installation, performance, graffiti and photography. He works and lives in Kampala, Rubaga road. Statement I’m interested in aesthetics and it’s complex and sometimes peculiar relationship with our living, money and art. Pop culture also intrigues me and I merge it with relating themes like power, fame, death, religion, relationships and others. Sometimes I play an activist role and add politics and racism to my work. I express my hopes, dreams, desires and my perspective on the human experience in my work.

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