Swazi Rhythm (1995)
Acrylic painting by Douglas Simonson


  • Acrylic painting, Canvas
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 40 × 28 × 0.1 in (unframed) / 36 × 24 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the front

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Artist's description:

In the early 1990s I visited South Africa and Swaziland. Because Swaziland has always been an independent nation and has never been colonized, the country and its people have a warmth and openness I didn't experience in South Africa. In Swaziland I stayed at a game lodge (Mkhaya) where the staff was entirely local Swazis, a very convivial, cheerful bunch of people, and I made friends with several of them. One morning we (the guests at the lodge) were breakfasting in the open courtyard and there was a commotion to one side. The staff had decided to entertain us with some traditional Swazi music and dance, and they had even dressed up for the occasion. Except that this performance was impromptu, so one of the drivers didn't have time to change and did his drumming while dressed in his lodge uniform. I loved the fact that this was not a "give the tourists a show" thing but a friendly gesture from a warm, open-hearted group of people. I did this painting from one of the photographs I shot of the occasion.

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Acrylic, Canvas