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Top Woodcut Printer Chisels for Woman President in Uganda

Dominic Muwanguzi
allAfrica.com
October 21, 2012

As celebrations to mark 50 years of Uganda’s independence continue, questions are being asked about the right way forward in the next 50 years? Many suggestions are being thrown about but one of the most striking, at least artistically, is by Fred Mutebi; Uganda’s leading woodcut printmaker thinks this country needs a woman president. He says only a woman leaders can correct the many mistakes the male leaders have committed in the past.
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The Missing Ink: An Interview with Fred Mutebi

Thomas Bjørnskau
Start Journal of Arts and Culture
June 1, 2011

Almost twenty years ago, Fred Mutebi decided to take printmaking in Uganda to another level. Today, no printmaker carves out the lines with such a strength and importance as Mutebi does. In a unique way he captures stunning, evocative images of unpleasant day-to-day scenes.
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Food for Thought: Recent Work by Fred Mutebi

Start Journal of Arts and Culture
Lesli Robertson
June 1, 2011

Fred Mutebi is a master at the process of wood block printing. He has focused on perfecting the transitions from cut layer to cut layer, each time skillfully applying pigment to the surface and developing richly colored and textured surfaces that take hold of the viewer. I have yet to see a work that is stagnant; that lacks clarity of movement, color, or passion. It is through abstracted figures, bold patterns, and energized forms, which Fred has clearly laid a vision of how he is to create his artwork.
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Mutebi Makes Wood Cool

The Observer
John Vianney Nsimbe
May 11, 2011

Three months since the general elections, and Uganda is still experiencing a hangover. But although fine-artist Fred Mutebi has followed political events keenly, he has not let them distract him from his unique philosophy of making art from wood cuttings. Mutebi’s work is a breath of fresh air that offers a new outlook to art. In this style, Mutebi gets a wooden board, and using a small chisel, he scoops out pieces of wood, as he makes figures in the process.
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Fred Mutebi: The Woodcutting and Printmaking Genius

African Trumpet
Isaac Amo Kyereme
November 23, 2010

Since his humble childhood growing up in a small village in Uganda, he has established himself as a premier international artist and compassionate humanitarian. His mastery of the traditional art of woodcut printmaking has earned him global acclaim and recognition. His artwork has been featured in exhibitions in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Japan, and the United States.
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Uganda’s Fred Mutebi, A Seasoned Artist

Info Africa Now
May 4, 1010

Fred Mutebi is a multi-color woodcut artist who uses his art to celebrate the natural beauty of Uganda, his homeland. Using a vibrant array of colors, Fred Mutebi creates woodcut prints that depict stories about critical social events in Uganda or that portray images indigenous to the Ugandan environment. The works are made even more authentic by his use of a special technique called the “progressive reduction method”, which prevents the production of more than ten woodcut prints of the same composition.
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Fred Mutebi: Multi-Coloured Wood Artist

MYWEKU: All Things African
January 7, 2010

Multi-color woodcut artist Fred Mutebi has long used his artistry to convey the fragility of the human condition in Africa and to celebrate the natural beauty of Uganda, his homeland. Using a vibrant array of colors, the artist creates woodcut prints that depict stories about critical social events in Uganda or that portray images indigenous to the Ugandan environment. The works are made even more authentic by the artist’s use of a special technique called the “progressive reduction method”, which prevents the production of more than 10 woodcut prints of the same composition.
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Mutebi Lets Art Talk to Gulu

The Independent
November 18, 2009

Ravaged by war for over two decades, the northern region of Uganda has arguably the highest NGO per capita in Uganda and, I could bet an arm and leg, in the whole of Africa. It is easy to know why.
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Every major road junction in the fairly bustling town teems with all manner, size and colour of sign posts and billboards. Most announce the locations of all manner of local and international organizations outdoing each other to help the so-called traumatized victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Among the crowd of signposts is the one proclaiming TAKS Art Gallery which is hosting the first ever modern art exhibition in Gulu town.
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Fred Mutebi: The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program

Council for International Exchange of Scholars

Multicolor woodcut artist Fred Kato Mutebi has long used his artistry to convey the fragility of the human condition in Africa and to celebrate the natural beauty of Uganda, his homeland. Using a vibrant array of colors, the artist creates woodcut prints that depict stories about critical social events in Uganda or that portray images indigenous to the Ugandan environment. The works are made even more authentic by the artist’s use of a special technique called the “progressive reduction method,” which prevents the production of more than 10woodcut prints of the same composition.
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