Sunday, 16 February 2020

Unleashing Balogun’s art of 'Current Rhythm' against vanity dance

Drum of Honour -1 (mixed media, 163 x 80 x 80cm), 2019, by Adeola Balogun.
Again, Adeola Balogun brings musical tones into sculptural and drawing expressions, using unconventional medium and charcoal. In recent times, quite a number of his works have been laced with musical instruments themes.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Victor Olaiya, late actress, Moji's father dies at 89

Victor Olaiya, (1930-2020). 
Nearly three years after his daughter passed on, Veteran highlife singer Victor Olaiya died today, Wednesday February 12, 2020, aged 89, at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

Sunday, 9 February 2020

In search of future, artists of Fate VI step out from residency

‘Repousee Assembled Sculpture’ technique by Taiwo Owoyemi.
Building careers of young professionals through a yearly artist-in-residence programme and exhibition is one of the early openers of 2020 Lagos art calendars as six artists converge to share their experience.

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Strings Attached... when seven artists converged for sickle cell

Tayo Aiyelowo’s painting titled ‘Hadarii (Storm)’, 24’’ x 36, acrylic on canvas, 2019.
Muyiwa Akinmolere, Tayo Aiyelowo, Fortune Aniforo, Francis Agemo, Andikan Edwin, Deji Akinpelu and Wale Adeyemi are artists whose works have been captured in supports for people living with sickle cell.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Performance Artist, Atiku Debuts At India Art Fair

Jelili Atiku
After taking his art across Europe, Africa and the Americas, performance artist, Jelili Atiku, goes to India. Participating in the Talks, Performances, Films and Artists in Residence section of India Art Fair, which started from 30 January, ending tomorrow February 2, 2019 in New Delhi, Atiku will be sharing his work on social, economic, environment and political commentary with the Indian audience for the first time.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Heritage laws to prosecute govt official violators, others coming

A declared national monument, Ilojo Bar, Lagos Island, before it was demolished in 2016 by suspected agents of Lagos State Government.
The powers of Federal Government as managers and regulators of heritage in Nigeria may be strenghtened should a proposed amendment bill becomes law. Currently said to be with the Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, the document tagged 'A Private Bill To Amend The Enabling Act Of The National Commission For Museums and Monuments (NCMM)', when passed into law, could place some institutions of governments, federal or state, on collision with NCMM over heritage sites, given the history of violations in Nigeria.

Saturday, 11 January 2020

British Diplomat, Thompson's view on art as Instrument for Peace, Conflict Resolution, Others

Ms. Harriet Thompson, Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, delivering the paper for 11th Ben Enwonwu Distinguished Lecture, in Lagos.
Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, it’s truly an honour to take part in this morning’s event. When Oliver asked me to give the 11th Ben Enwonwu Foundation Lecture, I was delighted to be asked and immediately said yes. When he told me the topic of the lecture, I was intrigued and, I’ll admit, a little apprehensive. 

There is a huge body of work on the role art can play in peace, conflict resolution and socio-economic transformation. There are many highly respected, knowledgeable experts on the topic. I have to admit I am not one of them!  But then Oliver knew that when he invited me to speak. So what I have to offer this morning is the perspective of an enthusiastic amateur.  An art lover, yes. An advocate for peace and socio-economic transformation, certainly. A naija-phile, 100%. A learned expert, maybe not – but I hope my reflections are useful nonetheless.

Art, culture promotion, philanthropic strides of Oni-Okpaku

Chief (Mrs) Aino Oni-Okpaku
Art and culture appreciation in Nigeria suffered a loss when the news of the death of Chief (Mrs) Aino Oni-Okpaku took over the air of new year euphoria. Oni-Okpaku, a Swedish, but married to late Olusegun Gabriel Oni-Okpaku, was the proprietress of one Nigeria’s oldest arts and culture outlets, Quintessence, in Lagos. Born January 2, 1939, she died Thursday, December 26, 2019 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Eni’s ‘new light painting’ illuminates future from Germany

Open Eyes, one of the new light paintings of Emmanuel Eni.
The resilience of painting, from generations to cultures and across regions of the world, never stopped evolving as Germany-based Nigerian artist, Emmanuel Eni adds to 21st century visual lexicon. Eni calls his technique of illuminating the canvas 'New Light Painting.'

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Nzekwe’s sculptural probity of human goes Raw Intuition

A wood sculpture titled Curious Mind (122 x 77cm, Wood fiber, 2019), by Philips Nzekwe.
Against increasing socio-economic challenges, Philip Nzekwe brings sculptural probity into people's behavioural patterns. He applies, mostly youth subjects, African contents and man’s relationship with his pet to build his visual narrative.

Titled Raw Intuition, Nzekwe's solo exhibition, held at National Museum, Onikan, Lagos, exposed an artist with depth of analogous themes in communication. Specifically, his works also project into the widening window of freedom of expression, in the 21st century.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

'Celebration of Legacies' for 'Zaria Rebels' as modern-contemporary transit artists

Curator, Prof Jerry Buhari (left); Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; and CEO, Arthouse Contemporary, Mrs Kavita Chellaram during the opening of Celebration of Legacies… in Lagos
IT was another historic gathering in Lagos for artists famously revered as ‘Zaria Rebels’ in the Nigerian art parlance. Titled Zaria Art Society: Celebration of Legacies, the art exhibition, shown by Arthouse Contemporary, from October 27 through November 15, 2019 at Kia Showroom, Victoria Island, Lagos, came 59 years after some of the artists had their first group art show in Lagos.

The exhibited artists who were members of Zaria Art Society from Nigerian College of Art, Science and Technology (NCAST), include Yusuf Grillo (b.1934), Demas Nwoko (b.1935), Emmanuel Odita (b.1934), Simon Okeke (1937-1969), Uche Okeke (1933-2016), Bruce Onobrakpeya (b.1932) and Oseloka Osadebe (b.1935).

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

For Onobrakpeya, 20 others, The Bloom-2 creates ‘abundance’

‘Broken Bridges’, oil on canvas by Duke Asidere.
Irrespective of the argument for or against relativity in mastery of art, the commercial galleries would not stop projecting its preference for established signatures as just asserted by a second gathering of artists in Lagos.