Painted in 1969, this painting represents an almost surreal figurative work from this increasingly popular area of Tanzania. Many prints of the painting were sold, but the original remained in the artists studio until 1996 when offered to the present owner as a thank you for help in planning the retrospective scheduled for 1998. Clearly an unusual subject for the artist, who by this time was almost exclusively dedicated to wildlife subjects.
The Maasai people are a Nilotic ethnic group inhabiting central Kenya, southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are among the best known local populations due to their residence near the many game parks of the African Great Lakes and their distinctive customs and dress.
The Ngorongoro Crater, located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) which is a protected area and a World Heritage Site in Tanzania, is the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. The crater, which formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago, is 610 metres (2,000 feet) deep with a footprint of 260 square kilometres (100 square miles). It is estimated that the height of the original volcano was within the range of 4,500 to 5,800 metres (14,00 to 19,000 feet) high. The crater floor is 1,800 metres (5,900 feet) above sea level. The crater was voted by the Seven Natural Wonders as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa in Arusha, Tanzania in February 2013.
gifted to the present owner by the artist 1996.
Mall Gallery retrospective 1998.
The Nature in Art Museum retrospective 2003.