Sunday, 13 October 2019

Jude Idada wins 2019 Nigerian literature prize

Jude Idada

After edging Mysteries at Ebenezer’s Lodge by Dunni Olatunde and The Great Walls of Benin by O.T. Begho, the winner Jude Idada, on Friday, emerged as the 2019 Nigeria Prize for Literature, sponsored by Nigeria LNG Limited for Children’s Literature.

How Illumination-3 Interrogated art’s ‘therapeutic’ content

Painting by Banwo Adeleke.
TEN artists whose common focus on art is broader than the regular appreciation recently converged on Lagos to sustain a yearly gathering. Themed Illumination, the series, which boosts the city’s yearly art calendar, has attracted about 20 artists, in the last three editions, from across Nigeria. 

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Enwonwu's Portrait of Marianne led Bonhams sale

'Portrait of Marianne' by Ben Enwonwu, sold for £555,063 ($700,000).
Described as "a powerful portrait of the actress, Marianne Inness," by Ben Enwonwu, it was sold for £555,063 ($700,000) at Bonhams Modern & Contemporary African Art sale in London on Thursday, 3 October.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

For 5th 'iDesign Affordable Art Fair', contemporary artists converge

Mrs Tola Akerele, Director of iDesign
The 5th edition of iDesign Affordable Art Fair showcases Uchay Joel Chima, Olumide Onadipe and Uche Uzoka as ‘Featured Artists’, among other contemporary Nigerian artists.

Hues, shades of Layiwola's adire installation goes to new Shyllon Museum

Stamping History’ installation by Prof Peju Layiwola, acquired for Shyllon Museum, Pan Atlantic University, Ajah, Lagos.

From her extensive scholarly works on ancient Benin art, to the current exhibition about indigenous fabric adire, Prof Peju Layiwola’s mastery of native African contents keep soaring. Across the world, Layiwola’s works, mostly in critical visual context of appropriating native subjects, have brought freshness into 21st art appreciation.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Across painting, printmaking, photography duality of Amah’s 'Facets and Phases' blossoms

 'Circle of Life 1-Hope',
(acrylic on canvas, 121cm x152, 2016), by Timipre Amah Wllis Amah.
Geometric painting renditions, photography captures of aquatic sceneries and textured canvas of other depictions in printmaking are artist, Timipre Willis Amah’s window in expressing the duality of life.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Frank Okonta: art patron, gallery administrator with landmark events

Chief Frank Okonta (left), Ambassador of South Africa to Senegal, Thembisele Majola Embalo; Nigerian Ambassador, Azuka Cecelia Emejulu; and Dr Kweku Tandoh of NGA, Abuja... at Dak'art 2008, in Dakar.

History of art appreciation in Nigeria is incomplete without mentioning the contribution of Chief Frank Okonta (1939-2019). Okonta was an art collector who also shared his collection and experience in the passion and business of art appreciation.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Ikpoza, 'Illumination' artists return in art of therapeutic value

Pure soul 4, oil/mixed media on canvas 2019, Jonathan Ikpoza.
For the third time in succession, Jonathan Ikpoza leads artists into thematic value of art, beyond the aesthetics appreciation. Themed Illumination, the series, which is swelling Lagos' yearly art calendar, has involved nearly 20 artists from across Nigeria.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

'Freudian Tones' of women, emotion in Adejumo’s canvas

 'Earth Lady Cry', by Segun Adejumo.
Having devoted a greater part of over three decades career replicating female anatomy in painting and drawing, Segun Adejumo now probes deeper into the chemistry of emotion that a woman's figure generates.

Based in Lagos, Nigeria, Adejumo, in his current work aligns artistic narrative with the famous Australian neurologist, Freud Sigmund's scientific analysis on female body and attraction. From September 8-15, 2019, at Old Brompton Gallery, London, U.K, Adejumo will be sharing his thoughts via a 'salon' show of about 15 paintings titled Freudian Tones.

Sunday, 25 August 2019

'Kunle Adewale Day’ in U.S… honour by Cincinnati Mayor

Kunle Adewale with members of Cincinnati community, in U.S.
John Cranley, Mayor of Cincinnati proclaimed August 2 'Kunle Adewale Day' in Cincinnati, Ohio- US. Declared on August 2, 2019, 'Kunle Adewale Day' was earned because of the honouree’s work as a trailblazing artist in the ‘Arts in Medicine’ field.

Adewale is an award winning international artist and a Young African Leader from Nigeria who actively engaged with the community for 11 days in Cincinnati, Ohio, US.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

How Shonibare satired Trump in Cowboy Angels

Cowboy Angels by Yinka Shonibare.
 -PIC: ©Reproduced by permission of the artist.
 Despite being globally revered, Nigerian-British artist, Yinka Shonibare CBE was not worthy of attention by The British Museum, in nearly two decades of his successful career. However, something has just changed: British Museum and Shonibare have U.S President, Donald Trump as a prey in common.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Dale, master of stained glass, beads art dies at 71

David Dale (left) with late art patron, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi and wife during a Soiree organised in 2012 for Dale.
Master mixed media artist, David Herbert Dale died yesterday morning, aged 72.
According to Adeniyi Adetula, his manager, Dale died at Military Hospital, Jibowu, 4 00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2019.

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Painterly activism of Ezenwa Maja-Pearce in 'Overcoming Misogyny'

Against all Odds by Juliet Ezenwa Maja-Pearce
After her artist-in-residency in Swansea, U.K, Juliet Ezenwa Maja-Pearce returned with paintings that are armoured in defence of women's right. In partnership with Yemaja Gallery, the programme was sponsored by the Marion Donalda Fund for Visual Artists.