Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Personalized Art Gifts: The Statesman

Last year we got invited to the 70th birthday party of a family friend. I usually have a hard time picking birthday gifts for men especially the type of man who has everything so I took the easy way out and asked his daughter what we should get for her dad's gift. Turns out he loves both art and books, so she suggested we buy him one of the two. I decided to make him a personalized gift of a metal painting with his initials, birth year and nickname included in the art piece. He likes to wear hats and is a retired politician so I decided to incorporate these elements too. The metal art piece includes some Kiswahili phrases, "Ligi Kuu" meaning the Major League is inscribed on one of the stools and hats. Kaa Ngumu his nickname which means "stay firm" or "stand your ground" is also inscribed in one of the stools. Kaa also means "sit" in Kiswahili. Finally I also inscribed "Elders Council," on one of the stools. I used stools versus chairs in the painting since they are a symbol of leadership in some African cultures. If you are interested in buying artwork please send an email to minjete@gmail.com.

 Metal Wall Art by Injete Chesoni
The Statesman, Council of Elders (Detail)

African Art Painting by Injete Chesoni
The Statesman, Council of Elders (Detail)

African Artwork by Injete Chesoni 
The Statesman, Council of Elders

 Metal Wall Art Painting by Injete Chesoni
The Statesman, Council of Elders (Detail)

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