Artist Showcase: Lucy Namayanja Agatha

This artist showcase focuses on Lucy Namayanja Agatha’s nature inspired work. If you would like a showcase of your work, please email kdoutsiderart@yahoo.com. 


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When did your interest in art/creating begin?

I have been creative all my life, with nature and drawing. Although growing up in Uganda I was not exposed to art. I was seeing chaos and order everywhere, despite all, I lived with joy, beauty and peace around me and within my self. I was grounded with nature, but I was also questioning my surroundings, life, death and seeking God.

I then started referencing things to art. Smiles, laughter, dancing, different body shapes, how people moved and spoke. This included animals and plants. I spent a lot of time playing in nature, I used to spend hours observing ants and other insects with their rich colours, how they lived, played and communicated.

When I applied for my first passport, I was asked to state my profession. As I did not have one at the time, having just finished my A levels, I suddenly out of the blue said “Artist”. Little knowing those years later I would be creating art.

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The Floating Eyes

What is your starting point for each piece?

The starting point is with myself, my body, the internal, external, nature and the world around me, I also sketch on paper and digital, then I transfer to canvas, using oil paints straight from the tube, later adding found objects and dried insects.

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Silent Screams

Who/what influences your work?

Myself, inner and outer beauty, my life experiences, children and nature.

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Intangible Life

What do you hope the viewer gets from your work?

I expect the viewer to see my true self and for them to find them selves in the work as part of humanity.

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And Then We Sleep

What do you think about the term outsider art? Is there a term that you think works better?

I think of the term Outsider Art as, ‘One belonging to oneself and fate.’

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The Small Tent

What are you working on at the moment?

I am working on an art video, painting self-portraits and organising sculptures.

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The Ant Colony

Where do you see your work taking you in the future?

My art takes me in a direction that I cannot foresee other than by following it. The same way I follow the beauty of nature and life, I am glad to be painting now.


To find out more about Lucy’s work, please click here.

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