Ian Mwesiga (b. 1988; Kampala, Uganda) drafts paintings which reflect a perpetual ardor, defying perspectives by either replicating or forming his own proportion and composition while preserving an endless level of lyricism and literacy. Noteworthy influences allude to classical painting as well as contemporary practice. Mwesiga's practice is built around inset topography: the psychological world of his figures, and their placement within their imaginary cosmos.
In Mwesiga’s world impenetrable access is granted; subjects are rendered as snapshots of a dream. Boundaries between the self and the other melt away, leaving intimate impressions between reality and what is desired. His art is preserved in mesmerizing nature and surprising dimensionality springs from the artist’s application of vibrant colors such that ordinary perspective is masterfully skewed. The foreground defines a sense of balance, and the backdrop submerges the viewer into an infinite garden-scape.
Mwesiga graduated with a BA in Industrial Fine Art & Design from Makerere University, Uganda in 2014. He has participated in residencies including Asiko Art School in 2015 facilitated by Bisi Silva and CCA Lagos (Nigeria).