Stacks I, 2019


Unique Artwork

Recycled material Aluminium

Shredded woven aluminium


CM H 200 W 147

IN H 78.74 W 57.87

Certificate of authenticity - Signed by artist



Stacks I, 2019

Dickens Otieno’s art practice is driven by the search to find meaning and worth in things that seem otherwise useless. The Nairobi-based artist weaves large sculptural fabrics from discarded drink cans which he collects from local kiosks near his home and studio.

He compares the shredded cans to palm leaves which have been used traditionally for weaving through many generations and civilizations.

Dickens Otieno

Dickens Otieno’s art practice is driven by the search to find meaning and worth in things that seem otherwise useless. The Nairobi-based artist weaves large sculptural fabrics from discarded drink cans which he collects from local kiosks near his home and studio. He compares the shredded cans to palm leaves which have been used traditionally for weaving through many generations and civilizations.

For the artist, these used and abused cans and cans are comparable to palm leaves, raffia or papyrus, traditional raw materials of many weavings in some African countries. As a child, the artist spent long hours in his mother's workshop, a tailor, watching him work on the kitenge and leso coloured fabrics that have greatly influenced his current aesthetic. Dickens Otieno's work on waste is also a committed way of drawing people's attention to environmental cleanliness and waste management.

The artist has participated in numerous group exhibitions.

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Circle Art Gallery

Founded in 2012, and based in Nairobi, Kenya, Circle Art Gallery promotes contemporary art from Eastern Africa.

Our intention is to create a strong and sustainable art market for East African artists by supporting and promoting the most innovative and exciting artists currently practicing in the region. Through group and solo exhibitions, as well as participation in international art fairs, the gallery has increased visibility for established and emerging artists, both internationally and at home.

Circle provides expert services to a wide range of private, regional and international clients, from those who wish to make a single purchase to those looking to start a collection or enhance an existing one.

In the past six years the art scene has changed considerably in the region, and particularly in Kenya. Audiences have grown, artists have more opportunities to show internationally and our Circle events are regularly attended by sizeable numbers of visitors. Circle has been at the forefront of these changes in perception of the value and importance of art in the region. We have also nurtured many young Kenyans through our internship programme to go on to study and participate in the wider African art arena.

Working closely with regional and international collectors and curators, we are building a strong and sustainable market for East African artists.


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