Independence Party by Vincent Michéa (b. 1963)

“…what is clear is that these square metre acrylic canvases, despite dating between 2009 and 2012, exude the optimism of an era not long after independence, with the clothes and afros, an advert for a now-defunct American airline, and Mediterranean colours even though we are on the much hazier, rougher Atlantic.  (Roy Lichtenstein’s burst into pop art, to which Michéa’s work is justifiably compared, was also in the 1960s.) - from ”Before the Bigger Splash", by Aarti wa Njoroge