I have always been very fascinated by this colourful
world. I draw my inspiration from my everyday surrounding.
I like the pure snow very much. Also I find the light
of the long summer nights interesting - it gives me
a lot of spiritual strength. That is why colour has
always been the central theme in my art. Colour is a
great source of beauty in art; it can give the work
harmony. In itself they do of course not mean anything;
but well composed they become very effective, very powerful.
To me good composition involves harmony, i.e.. that
all the elements go together well. Colours, content,
narrative, composition, they all seem to mean something
significant to me."
up with the fascinating early art of the orthodox church
and having studied art history Tigneh Negash emphasizes
the importance of the 'old masters' for himself and
his work. The most important ones vary with time - artistic
culture interests him as a whole. Without these, he
says, he feels he looses the shape of the harmonious
personality. During the studies in Addis Abeba the impressionist,
and later post-impressionist, influence was evident.
Moscow Fine Arts Academy - heavy academical influence
from Renaissance, Classicism and Realism. Later overcoming
the academy influence and being free to search for the
own identity - that he found in the above-mentioned
early ecclesiastical art. As important artists African
aboriginal and the Medieval painters come first to his
mind. There was also a time when he, as he says 'developed
a real obsession' for the Oriental art. Now it seems
the 20th century artists fascinate the most; especially
Marc Chagall and Rufino Tamayno, because they opened
a new horizon, a creative revelation and a source of
journey from his home country to the nowadays' home
went via Moscow during the last days of the Soviet Union.
Although, or maybe because, he has gone through very
radical changes during his life, the residence or society
does not effect his art. The changes in style, he says,
are about a process that goes on within him, a process
towards a higher type of artistic thought.