About Cameroon African Artist Angu Walters
Angu Walters was born in 1980, a native of the Nsongwa people of the Mezam District in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. The artist’s studio is in the NW city of Bamenda which has since 2017 found itself at the very center of a brutal civil war.
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The African artist Angu Walters– got his start as a student of the noted American-born Cameroonian artist Nzante Spee. Wikipedia characterizes Spee’s paintings, which could as well be applied to Angu, thusly, “His style, from cubism to surrealism and addressed to a naïve caricature but full with provocative humour, culminates in a pictorial world where all these expressions are mixed in the so-called melting age aesthetic.”
Long before the war, Angu – who favors traditional African music – was a member of the “Melting Age Band, MAB” led by the late Spee. A large share of his paintings are of musicians.
Angu Walters’ African paintings are a vibrant and colorful depiction of the country’s culture and people. His work often features traditional African themes, such as scenes of village life, music, and dance.
Walters’ paintings are also often abstract, with geometric shapes and patterns that add to the visual appeal of his work.
Here are some of the characteristics of Angu Walters’ African paintings from Cameroon:
- Vibrant colors: Walters uses bright and vibrant colors in his paintings, which helps to create a lively and energetic atmosphere.
- Abstract shapes: Walters often uses abstract shapes in his paintings, which adds to the visual appeal of his work.
- Traditional African themes: Walters’ paintings often feature traditional African themes, such as scenes of village life, music, and dance.
- Beautiful natural scenery: Walters’ paintings also sometimes feature beautiful natural scenery, such as scenes of the Cameroonian countryside.
Angu Walters’ African paintings from Cameroon are characterized by their use of bright colors, bold geometric shapes, and intricate patterns. Walters is inspired by the traditional art of his own Ngemba people of Cameroon, and his paintings often depict scenes from traditional Cameroonian life. His work is both beautiful and thought-provoking, and it offers a unique glimpse into the culture of the people Cameroon.
Some of the most common themes in Walters’ paintings include:
- Family and community: Walters often depicts scenes of everyday life in Cameroon, such as people working in the fields, children playing, or families gathered together. His work celebrates the importance of family and community in Cameroonian culture.
- Nature: His work captures the vibrant colors and textures of the Cameroonian landscape.
- Music and dance: Walters is himself a musician, and he is inspired by the vibrant music and dance traditions of Cameroon. He often depicts scenes of people dancing or playing music. His work celebrates the joy and energy of Cameroonian culture.
He often uses bold colors and patterns to create a sense of energy and movement in his work. Some of his most popular paintings include “The Kora Player”, “Sun Shine on my Mind”, and “Juju Dance Group”.
Walters’ paintings are a beautiful and unique way to learn about the culture of Cameroon. They are also a reminder of the importance of family, community, and nature.
His works are exhibited in galleries world-wide and in Africa at the Cameroon National Museum in Yaoundé. Following the pattern set by his own mentor. Angu has helped guide a number of younger artists, although artists are not very much appreciated in Cameroonian society.
Exhibitions of works by Angu Walters:
- Umbria Jazz Festival 2022, Cannoniera Room in the
Rocca Paolina, Perugia, Italy
- Annie Kadji Art Gallery, Douala, Cameroon
- Spee Art Gallery – Permanent Exhibition – Bamenda, Cameroon
- Permanent display at USA Embassy, Yaoundé, Cameroon
- Bamenda, Cameroon International Trade Fair
- Mankon Museum
- Ayaba Hotel
- Alliance Franco Cameroon
- SIT-School for International training – Nschang
- Phaco Club – Douala, Cameroon
- Dordrecht, Holland
- American Art Awards > Naïve Art > Human Figure > 2014 > Prayer
- Arts Factory, First Friday, Las Vegas
- Left of Center Art Gallery see Angu Walters profile @ Las Vegas Review-Journal