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This is an exquisite batik cloth paintingshowing the village storyteller singing to the people. He uses music and song to tell them of theirancestors, history, and stories.It is handmade inMali on handspun cloth (usually cotton). The abstract style is similar to that which influenced Picasso. The colors are breathtaking, the forms eyecatching. This is a lovelywork! This would be a perfect giftfor yourself or another who appreciates tradition and art.Retail value is over $200.00 in specialty stores. Please see our complete store listings; we have several other batik paintings equally as unique!
Batik is a very time-consuming process which involves brushing molten wax onto a handwoven cloth which is then dipped or painted with dye. The waxed areas resist the dye. The wax is removed and the process repeated over and over for each color until just the right effect is achieved by the creator. This results in exceptional art suitable for framing.
Theodore A. S. Shola, the artist,was born into the royal family of Benin. His great grandfather, Obayemi, was once the king of Benin. Theodore had a great love of the rituals and people of his country and felt the desire to demonstrate that through his batik paintings.
Mr. Sholahas lived in many African countries. After spending most of his childhood in Benin, he moved to Nigeria, and then finally to the Ivory Coast where he studied batik painting for 8 years. Afterwards, he escaped the turmoil in the Ivory Coast and moved to Mali, where he lives today.
The wonderful thing about this artist is that he is more than a painter, he is a humanitarian. He now teaches younger men who have no funds for schooling the art of batik painting. This gives them income and a steady occupation. He does all this for absolutely no cost.
Theodore was married in 1982. He has six children, three boys and three girls, ages 4 to 18. He says, "Of the things I love, I love first of all God, and all things honest and just." Each of his paintings is a time-consuming creation with the love and insight that only someone likeMr. Sholacan communicate. When you buy one of these batiks you are helping to support Theodore, his family, and his students as well.
Please note that because of the handmade nature of this piece, variations may occur. This only adds to the personality and warmth of the artifact! Measurements are also approximate.