Wednesday, November 4, 2009


A year ago today, Shiri Achu decided to take her passion for painting to the glare of the public after being inspired by Barack Obama.

She then gave herself a huge but achieveable task of having an exhibition entitled "The 30th Act" which was in celeberation of her 30th year on earth. This she achieved with great success back in April and since then she has gone from strength to strength, exhibitions to exhibitions and now she launches her new website

Shiri Achu’s art comes from everyday, unsurprising yet unexpectedly vivid moments, times, places and objects. She seeks to capture the spirit of her subjects and make them come alive through form, colour, texture and tone.
She draws insight from her travels but in general her inspiration is very broad; from natural moments captured in Africa to still objects, from the human form to the human in action.

She sees beauty in almost anything and everything. She finds beauty where there is normalcy, and she sees colour through shades of grey. She therefore draws from this distinctively beautiful World of hers and aims to evoke an emotion which translates into images of delight or surprise, with the soul objective of capturing the soul of the subject.

Composition and subject matter are key in her works. Also, abstract/tashism is explored in some of her pieces, to leave her viewers to come to their own conclusions.

Shiri’s art is bold, dramatic and uncompromising. They aim to delight and leave the viewer moved as well as leave the viewer with thoughts of wonderment, at times of bewilderment - and to engage ones diagnostic imagination.

As A.A Morcho once commented "Her ability to transpose her verve and blithe into her paintings is the secret to her magnetism. Move aside digital cameras, for where you capture the stillness, Shiri captures the life and the story that follows".

Maasai Tone
Carnival Swirl
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice paintings. I'm really feeling the African themes. Really like the Achu one :)