For its second year at Frieze, Addis Fine Art mounted new paintings by Ethiopian artist Selome Muleta, who makes her international fair debut this week. Vivid yet serene, Muleta’s works are striking in their fusion of portraiture and still life. Her meditative canvases focus on the interior lives of the women she paints. The fair booth follows the artist’s successful solo exhibition at the gallery’s Fitzrovia location last spring.
“Selome uses painting as a means of exploring the profound connection that she feels between her home environment and internal state of being,” said Mesai Haileleul, co-founder of Addis Fine Art. “She finds companionship with the winding plants and purring cats that reside with her, and uses painting as a means to express this quietly lived dialogue.”
All but one piece from the booth sold—with one of the paintings confirmed for acquisition by a prominent U.S. institution—and additional works from the back room placed as well.