80-year-old African painter stuns the world; receives top global award

80-year-old African painter stuns the world; receives top global award

- Kamala Ibrahim Ishaq is an 80-year-old Sundanese painter who won Principal Claus Award, one of the most revered awards in the world

- The award is given to people with exception achievements in culture with works that have influenced their communities in good ways

- The octogenarian said she would never change the ways she does art for anything or by the request of anybody

Kamala Ibrahim Ishaq, an 80-year-old Sudanese painter has made the continent proud as she won the Principal Claus Award.

The Claus Award is a special one given to people who have had extraordinary achievements in the cultural field despite the challenges stacked against them.

The recognition is therefore awarded to people whose works has influenced their societies in positive ways.

Before the award is given, cultural expert are called on to submit relevant nominations. Though the nominations must have been researched before submissions are made, more are still done following when the shortlist is drawn up.

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Ishaq was born in 1939 and studied at the College of Fine Arts in Khartoum, Sudan (1963) before she proceed for her postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Art in London.

The 80-year-old founder a revolutionary group in art called the Crystalists which challenged the ways art is done in Sudan.

She drew spiritual influence from the art works of William Black and Zar. No wonder themes of existentialism and feminism are very dominant in her works. It was said that the themes made her different from her contemporaries.

When asked by BBC if she anybody has spoken to her about changing her art, she said would not do so for anybody.

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