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Essence & Sens Gallery is a newcomer on Kooness marketplace announcing for different artists part of its gallery to celebrate its new platform. 

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Essence & Sens Gallery is an online art gallery dedicated to promoting and showcasing contemporary visual artists, video artists and designers (painters, photographers, sculptors, installation artists, performers,photographers, sculptors, installation artists, performers). The artists we exhibit describe, through their artistic creations, the mutations and shortcomings of the society in which they live in. What groups them together is an intellectual and committed approach to their work. The name Essence & Sens Gallery evoke the "ESSENCE" of the materials used by the artists to "create" their work (wood, metal, paper, fabric, mixed media, oil, acrylic, pastel). The word "SENSES" represents the 5 human senses, the main physiological receptors of perception: Sight, Smell, Taste, Hearing and Touch.


Marie Calte, Cycles, 2022. Courtesy of Essence & Sens Gallery.


Essence & Sens Gallery chooses to represent on Kooness four emblematic artists from its Gallery. Marie Calte, is a French artist (born in Brittany), she draws her inspiration from the vast spaces of the Silk Road and the Mekong Delta. A distinctive aspect of her art involves a repetition of symbols drawn from oriental alphabets rooted in oriental miniatures. Her  inspirations come from the Far East, where the red sun sets over the Gobi desert, where nomads and spirituality meet. According to the artist, it’s a world where the mysteries of the Silk Road captivate the wildest dreams of wanderers, where secrets dance around campfires in yurts at the foot of towering mountains. Her works represent the imprint of maps and travel journals, bearing witness to the power of this vast Asian continent. They are an ode to the persistence of mysteries, and each stroke tells the story of the deep connection between the wanderer and the Orient. The work "Cycles" represents the idea that everything is an eternal beginning, a perpetual dance of birth, death and rebirth, where each experience offers an opportunity for learning and witness evolution. By understanding this profound truth, we can embrace the beauty and fluidity of impermanence.


Ninon Aglingo, Pensées, 2022. Courtesy of Essence & Sens Gallery.

Ninon Aglingo was born in 1991, she is a feminist artist living in Benin, West Africa. With a Master's degree in Corporate Finance, Insurance and Banking, Ninon has been passionate about the arts since her teens. She gave up a financial career to take up painting,  she has been painting since 2014, oscillating between Figurative and Abstract. Self-taught, her artistic approach is based on the human being's survival instinct, his desire for Renaissance, the link between the visible and the invisible. According to Ninon, you have to be able to question yourself, to see yourself as you really are. Like the snake that sheds its skin regularly, you have to be able to change, to lose your old habits in order to be reborn, differently. You can evolve, change and transform. Her work “Pensées" evokes a dialogue between Nous and the Being within us. It raises existential questions about the future of women in our society. In this enigmatic painting, we can clearly see a naked, muscular female body with its back to us, sitting on a piece of cotton fabric, floating in a blue/black cloth. The body turns its back to us, being centered on itself. 


Fabrice Matondo, Nous sommes Innocents, 2021. Courtesy of Essence & Sens Gallery.

Fabrice Matondo was born in Kinshasa, DRC, on September 7, 1990. His father, who was a painter, introduced him to the visual arts. From an early age, Fabrice tried his hand at drawing. First on the ground, then later on pieces of paper, imitating his father's work. This attracted his attention, thus his father decided to enroll him at the Institut des Beaux-Arts de Kinshasa/Gombe. On his canvases, the abundance of details arouses curiosity and invites attentive observation. At the Institut des Beaux-Arts, Fabrice learned how to handle colors, shapes, lines and different styles. In 2012, he obtained his State Painter's Diploma. His works are fresh and colorful, evoking the playfulness and discovery characteristic of childhood. The accumulation of small characters and other symbols recall the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo: cartoon heroes replacing fruit and vegetables. In his work "Nous sommes innocents" he evokes the issue of child soldiers in every war: them being innocent and collateral victims. Childhood is supposed to be a carefree time, in his works the happy little people are in contrast with the difficult reality. Pollution, lack of access to education, violence and poverty are just some of the obstacles young people face. Through her compositions, the artist insists on the importance of protecting them: a call to preserve their innocence, their capacity to wonder and dream.


Marc Makalu Ndombasi, Uncertain Future, 2023. Courtesy of Essence & Sens Gallery.

Marc Makalu Ndombasi is a contemporary humanist painter, born in Kinshasa on November 15, 1998 in the DRC, with a passion for art from an early age. He uses ropes and chains to symbolize modern-day slavery, which is institutionalized in all sectors of the population. He denounces the excessive consumerism that is rampant in today's world, and the lack of freedom of expression among mineworkers, whom he depicts as gagged characters. His paintings deal with the disastrous human conditions of miners and the plundering of his country's natural resources. In his paintings, he depicts the dehumanizing conditions of miners' work and the exploitation of children in the mining and agricultural sectors, with bare-handed diggers on one side, akin to the slaves of the early days of globalization, and air-conditioned, aseptic high-tech assembly workshops on the other. The artist denounces the capitalist world and African states. He uses histograms in the background of his creations to symbolize misinformation linked to statistics published by CAC 40 multinationals, and national and international authorities.


Joe Okitawonya, Ma Piéta, 2018. Courtesy of Essence & Sens Gallery.


Joe Okitawonya has a BAC in Fine Arts from Kinshasa (DRC). Joe Okitawonya enrolled at the École supérieure des Beaux-arts d'Alger in 2001, where he obtained a doctorate. He left Algeria and has been living in France for the past fifteen years. He has always considered painting to be a living being endowed with sensitivity, enabling it to convey a message through its content. According to the artist, painting has enabled us to learn about mankind's socio-cultural evolution through the different movements in the history of art. Joe Okitawonya’s work "Pongeism "comes from the "G spot", an erogenous zone in women. From this anguish he arises the problem of how to find the "G" point in his painting through shapes, forms and colors. For the artis, the colors come to the subject without him choosing them. He explores their erogenous zones, understood as shapes, colors and formats, so that they visually reproduce this pleasure for those who contemplate them.

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Cover Image: Marie Calte, New Sky, 2022. Courtesy of Essence & Sens Gallery.

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