Godwin Champs Namuyimba - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | Phillips
  • "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


    Detail of the present work

     The Artist in Conversation


    In April 2019, Godwin Namuyimba was interviewed by Maria Vogel. Below is an extract from ‘Godwin Namuyimba Deconstructs the Elements of Identity’

    Maria Vogel: Who are the figures in your paintings?

    Godwin Namuyimba: The figures in my paintings are my Black friends and friends of friends.


    MV: Your work seems to have an element of social commentary. What are some themes you are exploring?

    GN: I use human form to explore the construction of identity in relation to race and individuality in a postcolonial African context. I also attempt to critique stereotypical depictions of Black people, while I explore the conflicts and tensions between the ideologies of Afrocentrism and Eurocentrism.

    MV: As a Black contemporary visual artist, have you seen the art landscape change for artists of colour?

    GN: It’s a process that has endured progress for a time but still a lot has to be done for the better of us and artists that are to come after us.


    MV: What is your process like? How do you begin a painting?

    GN: My paintings usually begin in the mind and they usually finish in the mind. The process on the canvas involves a lot of layering which makes my art work unique and attractive.


    Read the full interview here.



    As a young artist, Namuyimba’s work has been part of numerous public collections worldwide, including The W Art Foundation in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Qingdao; The Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg; Örebro City Library in Sweden; and The Bunker Art Space, Beth Rudin de Woody Collection in West Palm Beach, USA.  Several of his solo exhibitions have been held including: ‘The Dreamer’, Galleri Steinsland & Berliner Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (2019); 'Godwin Champs Namuyimba', Ars Belga, Brussels, Belgium (2021), and ‘Antechamer’, East-Projects, New York, USA (2021).

    • Provenance

      Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner


Focal Point

signed 'Namuyimba' lower right
mixed media on canvas
159.8 x 106.8 cm. (62 7/8 x 42 in.)
Executed in 2019, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Champs Art Studio.

Full Cataloguing

HK$180,000 - 280,000 

Sold for HK$252,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 21 June 2022