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Exhibition of Recent Stone and Wood Sculptures by Elkana O. Ong'esa

The Fourth Dimension, a concept that I have been working on for many years with the objective of assisting people with visual disabilities to appreciate sculpture more. The use of stone, wood and metal allows me to create forms and surface finishes that address the issue of tactile vision or perception that I try to apply in achieving communication in the fourth dimension.

Publication Date



Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University


Hong Kong

Artist Biography

I was born in Kisii County, western Kenya in 1944, and gained basic education from community primary schools about ten kilometers away from home, and which were covered by walking to and from. I joined Government African School Kisii in 1963 for four years of secondary education up to 1966 when I sat my examinations in Fine Art as private candidate because art was not offered in the school. I scored a very good grade and was admitted directly to Makerere University in Uganda for my first degree in Fine Art that included painting (major) and sculpture (minor), ceramics / art history, and graphic design in the first two years of a four-year course. After graduation/ sculpture became my main career activity, more than painting. During the four years 1967 to 71) of university education at Makerere, I went through a formal art schooling program and graduated in 1971. I then returned to my former school and taught art for two years before joining the University of Nairobi for post-graduate studies on stone carving in East Africa. In 1985- 1987, I studied at McGill University in Canada for Masters in Education.

1975 - 1989, I was a lecturer at Kisii Teachers' College and taught as an adjunct lecturer at University of Eastern Africa1 Baraton (2001- 2003). I come from a family with a long history of art and craft industries going back several generations. In my spare time I spend time working with communities around Kisii and other art and crafts centers in Kenya. I also try to mobilize resources for various development initiatives:community water and rural electricity supply, building rural schools and churches / medical insurance cover for artisans and their families, and educational support for needy children, plus export marketing of Kisii soapstone products.

Residence Period

January to May 2011

Exhibition Period

29 April to 6 May 2011

Exhibition Venue

Artist's Studio, NAB 323 3/F, New Academic Block Lingnan University 8 Castle Peak Road Tuen Mun

Closing Ceremony

6 May 2011, 15:00 - 17:00


Artist-in-residence, art exhibition


Interdisciplinary Arts and Media | Visual Studies

Recommended Citation

Ong'esa, E. O. (2011). The fourth dimension. Hong Kong: Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University.

The fourth dimension