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.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

How Ogunwo's brushstrokes of hope exposed 'More Than Meets the Eye'

'Common Ground' (acrylic on canvas, 120 x 120, 2019), by Bolaji Ogunwo.
From the deafening cries of woes and despair among Nigerians comes a respite in artist, Bolaji Ogunwo’s brushstrokes of hope. In his art, Ogunwo warns that Nigerians must not surrender to the dictate of retrogression; rather people should take control and make the country work. 

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Challenge of capturing Moremi in painting, sculpture of 28 artists

'Moremi', acrylic on textured canvas, 101 x 127cm, 2019, by Alex Nwokolo.
Across medium of the Arts, Moremi as an icon in royal circle and female virtue has been widely celebrated. Perhaps, for the first time, visual arts, in a broad scope is currently expanding the Moremi legendary narrative.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Soyinka's birthday to host 'Igho Goes to Farm' presentation, 85 students

As part of OpenDoorSeries/Wole Soyinka International Culture Exchange (WSICE 2019) programmes, 85 student participants in Lagos and Abeokuta will on July 12 and 14 witness a book presentation.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Return of artefacts: Tactical retreat of Macron’s France

 Wooden royal statues of 19th-century Dahomey Kingdom (Benin Republic), at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, France
 Last November French President Emmanuel Macron turned the table when he announced his country’s intention to return 26 artefacts to Republic of Benin.

On Thursday, during a symposium in Paris, French Culture Minister Franck Riester said Benin was not ready to receive the artifacts for lack of a proper museum, say reports monitored during the weekend. "From our side, we are aware the condition to receive these pieces is not really there," Riester said. "Why? Because we have museums … but they are suffering. A lot of waste and mismanagement [in] the past," VOA quoted the minister.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Excavating 500 yrs of Benin 'Iconography' from Iyase-Odozi’s installation, fabric art

Princess Theresa Iyase-Odozi.
 Installations, mixed media and fabric art that appropriate the vastness of Benin culture took off in Lagos, as a tour exhibition. The twin-like exhibition, which are mounted on the pedestal of extensive research by Princess Theresa Iyase-Odozi enrich contemporary documentation of Benin visual icons.

'Generations 3' of today's treasures for the future

'The Prognosis of Gele-I (10 x 40 inch, 2019), by Emeka Nwagbara.
 Across modern and contemporary periods of cultures as well as regions, the fundamental value of art has been resilient. Specifically, the diversity in visual culture appreciation, over the centuries, has not displaced the leading role of Fine Art.

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Photographer, Ayeni-Babaeko’s ‘White Ebony’ celebrates Albinism

'White Ebony' by Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko (print on canvas, 24 x 36 inches).
Opened on May 25 and showing till July 19, 2019, at Temple Muse, Victoria Island, Lagos, photographer, Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko’s exhibition titled White Ebony draws attention to the complexity of albinism.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Lekki Film Festival awards for Ogidan, Imasuen others

Fashion designer Austen Aimankhur; a guest and Lekki Int'l Film Festival director, Dapo Adeniyi, 

At its inaugural edition, Lekki International Film Festival, Lagos honored Nigerian cinematographers Tade Ogidan, Lancelo Imasuen and three other film makers. Also honored during the Gala/Award ceremony of the festival are Cameroon’s Jude Fokwang, a professor in Denver, U.S; Balaraba Ramat Yakubu of Kano, who is a younger sister of the late Nigerian Head of State Murtala Mohammed; and Okhomina Joseph, a film school student.

Sunday, 23 June 2019

How Young art entrepreneur, Jideonwor reopened Vivid Gallery at Lekki Gardens-Phase II

A section of new Vivid Exclusive Art Gallery. Lekki Gardens-Phase II, Lekki Lagos.
 Two years after Vivid Exclusive Art Gallery made its entry into Lagos art scene, a “re-opening” at Lekki Gardens- Phase II was held yesterday.

Led by young artist and gallerist, Gabriel Jideonwor, Vivid Art Gallery, in 2017 was launched at Abijo business district, Ibeju Lekki, along Lagos-Epe Road. When the gallery came into existence in 2017, Jideonwor stated that the need to expand art appreciation beyond the regular space “by testing other areas” informed the choice of the first outlet.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

'Defying Inhumanity'... Uwagboe's stride in Argentina

One of Bob-Nosa Uwagboe's paintings titled 'Ghetto Kids' shown in Argentina.
After a sucesful solo art exhibtion titled Obituary, in Lagos last November, Bob-Nosa Uwagboe recently took the artistic mission from Nigeria to Argentina. Again, he challenges the privileged class of the society to rescue the decline in human values across the world.