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James Makuac: My Life Before 

When: March 6-31 2014
James Makuac is a painter. He’s also a Lost Boy of Sudan, now living in Nashville. Like many of his peers, Makuac makes work that speaks to his experience of brutal warfare, the loss of family and friends and the harrowing journey the boys made to escape their homes and eventually make a new one here in Nashville. While Makuac isn’t afraid to paint guns and gore, his work is most affecting when it captures the serenity of the herding life he enjoyed before being forced from his homeland. Scenes of long-horned cattle idling at sunset and a busy farming village bustling with activity are rendered with blazes of vibrant colors, full of mood and the willful remembering of a happier time. All the images in the show are from the artist’s book My Life Before.
— Joe Nolan


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