Since civil war broke out in the Ivory Coast in 2011, the country has been in turmoil. The recent work by the Abidjan born artist, Aboudia, is a response to the horrors he has witnessed, and are on display at the Jack Bell Gallery. The exhibit, Quitte Le Pouvoir: New Paintings By Aboudia is on until the 16th February, and in translation means 'The Power Leaves'.
Aboudia's large-scale paintings are brutally energetic, and his heavy layered canvases add to the intense portrayal of a dark interior world. His urban landscapes are haunted by dead bodies, armed soldiers, social inequality, and a fine balance between pathos and aggression.
His street art style compliments the theme of a violent, poverty stricken world, which has been a recurring motif in his work since the political and civil unrest began.