Cutting Wood


Sam Joseph Ntiro


Oil on Canvas


50.7x 50.8cm


Acquired 1967

About the artwork

The painting depicts seven men, in the process of cutting wood, with their arms raised about their heads, holding axes. In the foreground are cut logs, lying criss-crossed on the ground. The men wear brightly coloured clothing which contrasts with the dark forest.

About the artist

Sam Joseph Ntiro (born Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, 1923 1993) studied at Makere University and the Slade School of Art. His work has been exhibited internationally, and his work is held in a number of public collections. He has held a number of important public and teaching appointments including Lecturer and Head of Department, Makere University; High Commissioner for Tanzania, London; Commissioner for Culture, Tanzania; Resident Artist and Associate Professor in Art, University of Dar es Salaam.