Sunday, 18 June 2017

With Fasuyi At 82… NGA Flags Off National Documentation Of Artists

Timothy Adebanjo Fasuyi
PERHAPS, oeuvre, retrospective and documentary are the appropriate words to describe the wall display of paintings at the exhibition organised to celebrate the 82nd birthday anniversary of one of Nigeria’s second generation modernists, Timothy Adebanjo Fasuyi. But the occasion of his birthday, celebrated at the artist’s Ikeja residence, revealed how the Federal Government’s National Gallery of Art (NGA) planned to embark on publications of select individual artists, using Fasuyi’s as a take off point.
  The good news of flagging off the book project for Nigerian artists is coming nearly 10 years after NGA first announced the concept. Recall that in 2008, NGA, under the leadership of then Director-General, Joe Musa, told art professionals in Lagos that government had plans to get art historians document Nigerian artists. At Fasuyi’s 82nd birthday, the current D-G, Abdullahi Muku, assured that the book project would soon start.
  “NGA has captured Fasuyi (Tafas) in over 200 pages,” Muku disclosed. But the presentation of the book, the D-G said, would be done before the end of the year. Muku used the occasion to remind art professionals that NGA was duty-bound to document artists, noting, “We have quite a lot of artists on the waiting list to document, as part of the NGA’s many projects for artists.”
  Fasuyi and notable modernists such as Yusuf Grillo, Solomon Wangboje and Dr. Bruce Onobrakpeya, among others, were foundation members of

‘Nkoli Ka’….Golden Jubilee of Nsukka Art School Comes To Lagos

A Triptych painting from Prof Krydz Ikwuemesi's Village Square.
After its Abuja  celebration in April, The Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, which turned  50 years in 2011,continues the golden jubilee event in Lagos.
 Established by the first President of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the Art Department, otherwise known as the Nsukka School, is one of the most revered art institutions in Nigeria.
 From June 23 - July 2, 2017, at the former Lagos Business School buiding, Victoria Island, Lagos, the Nsukka School, according to its Associate Professor of Fine Art,

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Taking The Content of Art To Design Space On The Mainlaind

Architectural painting by Lekan Onabanjo
When art leaves its Lagos Island’s hub onto the mainland part of the city, there comes a rare synergy with design space. Taking up that challenge of giving the mainland, specifically Ikeja, a taste of collectible art in the home of design are master printmaker, Dr. Bruce Onobrakpeya, Kolade Oshinowo, Raqib Bashorun, Lekan Onabanjo, Tola Wewe, Duke Asidere, Alex Nwokolo, Zinno Orara and Fidelis Odogwu.
  From June 18 through July 10, 2017, the artists, under the title The Content, are showing that their decades of

From Mentorship To Within And Without Of Metal Art

 A metal poece, Lost In the Crowd by Fatai Abdulkareem
Stepping out into his first solo art exhibition, Fatai Abdulkareem relished the value of his environment, particularly, that of mentorship. The exhibition, titled Within and Without, held at Yusuf Grillo Gallery, Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech), Lagos, exposed an artist whose body of metal work adds to the growing profile of the college’s in metal art.
  After his graduation years ago, Abdulkareem did not exactly leave the school: he submitted himself for mentorship under one of the college’s masters of metal art, Adeola Balogun. With that background,

Saturday, 10 June 2017

'How President Olusegun Obasanjo inspired my prize-winning work’ says Ndary Lo (1961-2017)

Senegalese sculptor, Ndary Lo who died of cancer, June 8, 2017, at the age of 56 years left behind sculptural identity reminiscent of the walking bronzes of the Swiss sculptor, Alberto Giacometti.
Ndary Lo. Pic c/o Charles Jousselncc
   But in 2008, at the Dak’Art, 
Biennale when he won the top prize, 
Ndary Lo disclosed how a former
 president of Nigeria, Olusegun 
Obasanjo inspired the forestation
 sculptures that gave him the win.

More artists Go For Union Bank ‘Centenary Art Challenge’ entries

In less than two weeks after the announcement of entries for Union Bank Centenary Art Challenge,  more artists from across Nigeria are already responding adequately.
 Sources indicated that the entries are already flowing in for what could be a keenly contested Centenary Art Challenge in September, 2017. Artists have an opportunity to interpret a new concept for Union Bank’s Stallion logo, according to the organisers.

  At Mydrim Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos, the bank has announced the competition as ‘Centenary Art Challenge’ to

Sunday, 4 June 2017

It’s Not Furniture… Stepping Out With Fresh Signatures

From Akpojo Marcelina, a painting titled Yellow Lagos I (Danfo Series)
An aura of burgeoning Lagos contemporary art energy radiates inside the moderate space at Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi, on a Saturday afternoon as works of six young artists add to the unfolding youthful narrative of Nigerian visual expressionism. Also, the dominating age group of visitors to the exhibition titled It’s Not Furniture align with the youthful texture of the exhibiting artists: Marcellina Akpojotor,