Robel Temesgen - New Now London Thursday, April 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Robel Temesgen's paintings and works on paper depict water, land, and air in various states of fusion and transformation - turbulent or calm, bathed in a surreal, scintillating light. These ethereal landscapes are inspired by the longstanding Ethiopian belief of adbar and its associated rituals. In Amharic, the term 'adbar' refers to the embodiment of protective spirits within various elements of the natural landscape, such as lakes, mountains, rocks, or trees.


    Born in 1987 in Ethiopia, Robel Temesgen received an MFA from Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, University of Tromsø, Norway in 2015, and a BFA in Fine Art (Painting) from Addis Ababa University in 2010. He recently took part in the Junge Akademie Program of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, and was a resident artist at IASPIS, Stockholm, the Swedish Art Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Arts. Temesgen’s work has been exhibited widely, including at the Fendika Cultural Centre in 2018, the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin and the Marabohparken, Stockholm in 2017, the Hamber Akademie der Künste, Berlin in 2016, amongst others. He currently lives and works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    • Provenance

      Africa First Artist Residency, Tel Aviv
      Acquired from the above by the present owner



Two works: (i) Tale of Jebenas 5; (ii) Tale of Jebenas 4

(ii) incised with the artist's signature and date 'robel temesgen 2018' on the underside
(i) ink and acrylic on paper
(ii) glazed ceramic

(i) 76.5 x 57 cm (30 1/8 x 22 1/2 in.)
(ii) 21.5 x 20.5 x 14 cm (8 1/2 x 8 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

Executed in 2018.

Full Cataloguing

£3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for £2,520

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London Auction 28 April 2022