Dereje Demissie: Urban Landscape Dissected
Tobya Art Gallery is pleased to present the exhibit Dereje Demissie: Urban Landscape Dissected by Dereje Demissie. The exhibit includes thirteen small, mid and large size paintings.
Dereje was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1982. He graduated from the Addis Ababa University, Alle School of Fine Arts and Design in mural art (2002) and BFA in painting (2012). Dereje has been actively involved in the contemporary art scene of Ethiopia by exhibiting, organizing workshops, working on public art projects as well as establishing Nubia Visual Art Studio. Dereje held a number of one-man and group shows in international organizations, higher learning institutes, cultural centers, and local art galleries such as Lela, Laphto, and Guramayle. He exhibited at the Ethiopian National Museum -Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and had a group show at the Gothe Institute Gallery in 2013 and 2016 respectively. In addition to these, Dereje has exhibited his work internationally in Germany, Kenya, Sudan and UAE.
Urban Landscape is a painterly analysis of urbanization and its effect on environment and inhabitants in Ethiopian cities. Dereje closely observed the connection between urbanization and its negative consequences and possible positive outcome on environment as well as psychological effect of urbanization on inhabitants who live in areas adjacent to such cities. Dereje, as former resident of one of the most transforming Ethiopian city –Addis Ababa, is directly touched by such changes. He witnessed replacement of green areas by buildings and other strictures. Dereje’s approached the subject matter by focusing not only on the visual elements- the urban landscape, but also on psychological analysis of circumstances of such changes. Thus, instead of a one-to-one representation of the subject matter- the urban landscape, Dereje used a combination of form that is minimal and abstraction of figures as well as symbolic references.
Urban Landscape is not only the artist’s analysis on his observations, but also a reflection of his thought on environmental challenges faced by inhabitants in developing cities and towns. Urban landscape opens on September 6, 2018.
Opening Reception: Thursday Sep 6, 5-8pm
Tobya Art Gallery
2929 Rainier Ave S Seattle, WA 98144