Three works by Aboudia among Bonham’s contemporary African highlights

London – Three works by acclaimed Ivorian artist, Aboudia Abdoulaye Diarrassouba (Born 1983), often known simply as Aboudia, are among the contemporary strengths of Bonhams Modern & Contemporary African Art sale on Tuesday 12 October To New Bond Street, London. Leading the selection is Untitled, 2014, which has a estimate of £ 30,000-50,000, followed by Graffiti Nouchy, 2020, with a estimate of £ 18,000 to £ 25,000, and Untitled, 2016, estimated between £ 10,000 and £ 15,000.

Helene Love-Allotey, Bonhams Specialist, Modern and Contemporary African Art, commented: “This Modern & Contemporary African Art auction is a great opportunity to acquire works by Contemporary Artists such as Kemang Wa Lehulere, Kudzanai Chiurai, Zanele Muholi, El Anatsui, Joel Andrianomearisoa and Aboudia. In particular, the bold and powerful works of Aboudia are currently taking the art world by storm. On the one hand, he is influenced by the visual aesthetics of graffiti in Abidjan and on the other hand by the heavy and traumatic impact of the devastating civil war in Côte d’Ivoire. Figurative and sometimes quite dark in more ways than one, his paintings often depict social inequalities. Aboudia also regularly explores the relationship between African and Western art by bringing together found photographs of various masks from the continent (such as the Dan masks from Liberia) within the canvas. Many well-known European artists were influenced but did not necessarily credit the use of these objects in the early 20e century, and one could therefore argue that Aboudia is commenting on exactly that. It’s no wonder his work has such appeal, and we expect these pieces to generate a lot of interest. “

Left: Aboudia Abdoulaye Diarrassouba (Ivorian, born 1983), Noutchy Graffiti, 2020. Estimate: £ 18,000 – 25,000. Right: Aboudia Abdoulaye Diarrassouba (Ivorian, born 1983), Untitled, 2016. Estimate: £ 10,000 – £ 15,000.

Born in Ivory Coast in 1983, Aboudia, as he would become known, became an artist against his parents’ wishes. He first graduated from the School of Applied Arts in Bingerville in 2003 and then in 2005 from the Institute of Arts in Abidjan. He first reached an international audience during the siege of Abidjan in 2011, when the conflict grazed his studio. Aboudia’s art is inspired by his personal struggles as well as what he sees around him – fusing past and present in his styles and representing both the personal and the outside. His works are featured in many international collections, including the Saatchi Gallery in London and the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. He lives and works between Abidjan and New York.

Other contemporary highlights of the sale include:

  • Kemang Wa Lehulere (South African, born 1984), Dear hole, 2015. Estimate: £ 5,000-8,000.
  • Kudzanai Chiurai (Zimbabwe, born 1981), Ubungoma, 2011. Estimate: £ 10,000 – £ 15,000.
  • Zanele Muholi (South African, born 1972), Isilile XX, 2014. Estimate: £ 4000-6000.
  • Joël Andrianomearisoa (Malagasy, born in 1977), Untitled. Estimate: £ 8,000-12,000.
  • El Anatsui (Ghanaian, born 1944), Human Wall. Estimate: £ 60,000 – 90,000.
  • Darling Samba (Democratic Republic of Congo, Born in 1956), J’aime La Couleur. Estimate: £ 20,000-30,000.
  • Pascale marthine tayou (Cameroon, born in 1967), Untitled I. Estimate: £ 5,000-6,000.


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