Ever wondered what an infusion of illustration, painting, photography and graphic design would look like, well look no further; introducing Ed Wainaina a multi-talented creator blazing his own trail. When one first glances at his creations, it is pretty clear that Ed is no common creative, his unique form of art and his vision is unmatched, he seems to be cruising down his own self-made lane at a steady 120 and clearly has no intent of slowing down any time soon. His skillset ranging from painting, illustration, fashion and graphic design just to mention a few. (See also: Cynthia Allela)
His paintings range in subject matter from personal portraits to abstract pieces. His most recent piece being a piece titled ‘Enter the void’ a character design with the location being ‘The bowling site’ at the Village Market. The piece is intricately detailed and comes together in the most sensual way yet again showcasing his ability to depict simple life situations through his art. My favorite piece however has to be ‘Ardipithecus’ a portrait dedicated to Willow Smith. This makes perfect sense because Willow Smith is art unabated. The portrait perfectly showcases this with the vulnerability in her eyes showing a raw deep emotion almost mimicking a plea for help. Take what I say with a grain of salt however for this is purely my interpretation of the piece and is by no means the accurate description.
When it comes to illustration, paired with his impeccable graphic design skills, Ed has managed to cook up some breathtaking designs. Most notably his Smirnoff campaigns which he managed to give a certain chirpy vibe to and in a weird way makes the drink seem more appealing. Another great piece in his catalogue is his Blinky Bill visual interpretation which oozes bouncy musicality and radiates general joy. The colors greet each other with warmth and a general feeling of iridescence glides over the whole piece, an accurate depiction of what Blinky Bill’s art represents. (See also: Abstract Art in Kenya)
His seemingly more subtle endeavor is fashion. His t-shirts bear images of his art such as the Fasa capsule inspired by lion king character King Mufasa. The capsule has an authentic African feel to it with the intended royal feel achieved (this is probably all Mufasa’s doing).The capsule is fast on the rise and has been worn by notable figures such as Sharon Mundia, the Living with Ess host. With artists like Wainaina leading the charge, one can’t help but feel optimistic about the future of Kenyan art.