short lived as an artist (1968 - 72) but he triggered the emergence
of a growing number of Tanzanian youngsters who claimed this style
to be theirs and further developed it to become what is now known
as the Tingatinga School of painting, a unique form of popular
art genuine to Tanzania (...)
no one dares to paint like Tingatinga anymore and there are a
few signs left in present time paintings subsisting from E. S.
Tingatinga's iconography (...)
Tingatinga way of painting that has been entrusted to the younger
generations of painters, has been percolating during the past
thirty years, through the Tingatinga pyramid of know-how transfer,
from teacher to student, and so on.
this process, the initial input of E. S. Tingatinga at the very
top of the pyramid has been diluted, level after level, but it
has also been blending at each new stage by the timely injection
of the new artists' innovations or improvements of different sorts.
what you see nowadays as the Tingatinga style of painting truly
represents the time-matured chain-result of a popular school of
art, of a popular art movement articulated on the old-fashioned,
traditional way of master-to-apprentice transmission of knowledge.
stroke of genius lay in the fact that he started to paint in an
environment where popular painting was non-existing and fine arts
painting was minimal. No matter how simplistic his renderings
of wildlife might have looked, they were the spontaneous and sincere
expression of an original character.
determination radiated confidence in what he had started and became
inspirational for his entourage (...)
of today, the Tingatinga School of Painting has the form of a
long and wide constellation of artists, with a higher density
in the Dar-es-Salaam area but with patches of stars in Arusha
and Zanzibar, and with a few scattered and isolated stars around
the rest of the country. Within that constellation, all stars
shine, but some are more brilliant than others (...)
"Tingatinga - the popular paintings from Tanzania" -