In Summary
  • Her watercolour paintings, sketchbooks and illustrations are on show through November 24.

Mercy Kagia, who prefers to be called an illustrator, can take you around the world, not in 80 days as Jules Verne aimed to do, but in four years — with stops in between.

During her tours of Europe, Southeast Asia and Latin America, she produced the “Travel Drawings”, which capture her travels. These are among works she has displayed at the One Off gallery in Nairobi.

Her watercolour paintings, sketchbooks and illustrations are on show through November 24.

Looking at the works, they confirm her genius and joy in capturing moments, from the mundane to the magnificent.

Kagia prefers to be called an illustrator, in part because she has a doctorate in illustration from Kingston University in the UK. Whatever you call her, she is an artist who documents virtually everything she sees wherever she goes, be it in a tea shop, a seaport, a temple, a cathedral or grand old opera house.

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