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The Barbecue Pit

James Nyika
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Watercolor painting on Paper New

Ready to frame


Signed on front


15" h x 22" w |0 lbs. 1 oz.

In stock $600



In the creation of this painting, artist James Nyika challenged himself to render a light source against a dark background. "My goal was to effectively paint negative space," says James. He captures a bustling scene at a kitchen with two pitmasters working on sauces and soups while a huge fire grills a large quantity of meat. "This is a commonly known signature and a much-loved tradition in East Africa."

James Nyika

Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Artist James Nyika paints the glowing atmosphere of cities across the world. As a child growing up in Kenya, he found art materials at the student bookshop and also borrowed just about every art history volume from the British Council library in Nairobi. "I checked out the same books over and over just to stare at the art, to try and understand how it was created," says James. With family encouragement to study engineering, James moved to the U.S. and immersed himself in science studies at Boston University. Several years after embarking on a tech career, he set a goal to create at least one painting a week, never throwing away any works and learning as much as possible in his off hours. Today, James still balances his full-time career designing large software systems with his prolific output as a painter. "Painting is a great antidote to the regularity of a computing profession and I really value it for the uncertainty that it brings - something frowned upon when writing code."

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