Godwin Champs Namuyimba Masaka, Uganda, b. 1989
I try to approach the subjects from a point of empathy when they enter my consciousness as fleeting characters or as vacant blanks. I am interested in what happens when the subject is transformed into the content.
— Godwin Champs Namuyimba
Godwin Champs Namuyimba has an astute sense of presence when extracting the fantastical from the mundane. His observation skills tell of the humanity that his subjects offer through insights and exposure into their most vulnerable, humiliating or farcical moments. His subjects suggest that they have gone through some sort of change but it is either so discreet that we overlook the subtleties of that transformation, or we are apprehensive to really learn what that change may mean to us.
It is inside the feeling of unease that is delivered through the agency of beauty where Namuyimba finds the unintentional poetry that forms the basis for his works. The eye of the artist wandering around in these paintings. Some of his perspectives are dizzyingly misplaced to the untrained eye, but these ad hoc perspectives tell us more about the act of seeing, as if we were there ourselves on the inside of his paintings looking around, up and down, from side to side.
Namuyimba shares this act of observation with the masters of yesteryear such as Paul Cézanne and Juan Gris and his paintings come together in compositions that remind us that the act of observation is never stationary. It is forever changing and fleeting.
Born in Masaka, Uganda in 1989
Lives and works in Entebbe, Uganda
BFA Kyambogo University, Kampala, Uganda
|2021||East-Projects, 'Antechamber', New York, USA|
|Ars Belga, 'Godwin Champs Namuyimba', Brussels, Belgium|
|2019||Galleri Steinsland & Berliner Gallery, 'The Dreamer', Stockholm, Sweden|
Zidoun Bossuyt Gallery, 'Summertime', Luxembourg
Colnaghi Gallery, 'Dreamsongs - From Medicine to Demons to Artificial Intelligence', London, UK
Ars Belga, June Invitational, Brussels, Belgium
|Galerie Anne de Villepoix, 'L’Afrique fantôme', Paris, France|
|Laloma Projects, 'Demifigures', Los Angeles, USA|
Stjarna.art, Brussels, Belgium
The Bunker Art Space, Beth Rudin de Woody Collection, West Palm Beach, USA
Örebro City Library, Örebro, Sweden
MUDAM The Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
The W Art Foundation, Qingdao, Shanghai, Hong Kong
Godwin Champs NamuyimbaAcross White Waters, 2019Mixed media on canvas
153 x 138 cm
Godwin Champs NamuyimbaDreamers, 2019Mixed media and collage on canvas
110 x 90 cm
Godwin Champs NamuyimbaGreatest Desire, 2019Acrylic on canvas92 x 150 cm
Godwin Champs NamuyimbaOne Day, 2019Mixed media on canvas
158 x 118 cm
Godwin Champs NamuyimbaDays of Revolution 1, 2020Acrylic and mixed media on canvas139 x 114.5 cm
Godwin Champs NamuyimbaEscape with a Beer, 2020Oil on canvas139.4 x 110.8 cm
Godwin Champs NamuyimbaMemories, 2020Acrylic and mixed media on canvas152.4 x 121.9 cm
Godwin Champs NamuyimbaReunion, 2020Acrylic and mixed media on heavy cloth152 x 134.2 cm
Godwin Champs NamuyimbaThe One That Got Away, 2020Acrylic, thread, printed paper and fabric collage on canvas87.5 x 141.5 cm
Godwin Champs NamuyimbaHe Never Liked His Name, 2021Acrylic and mixed media on canvas120 x 100 cm
Godwin Champs NamuyimbaBoyle’s Law, 2021Acrylic and mixed media on canvas120 x 100 cm
Godwin Champs NamuyimbaThe Interest, 2021Acrylic, mixed media on canvas135 x 110 cm
Godwin Champs NamuyimbaThe Tuition, 2021Acrylic on canvas135 x 110 cm
Galerie Marguo @ ART021 Shanghai 2021Art Fair 10 Nov 2021Galerie Marguo is pleased to be participating in ART021, with a presentation of nine contemporary international artists working in painting and photography. Spanning a variety of approaches from abstraction to figuration, each offer nuanced ways of looking, interpreting, and representing the world through highly subjective formal and political lenses, cultivated from all corners of the earth. The works gathered here are each in their own way concerned with representing the often invisible yet palpable forces that shape our lives, as well as that which is often hidden in plain sight....