Sunday, 1 December 2019

In Enugu, Ogakwu’s 'Illimite-II' unchains creativity from time, space

'Family Picture', (mixed media (30x38in, 2019), by Chinedu Ogakwu.
Against the tide of norms and traditions, Chinedu Ogakwu appears to have strengthened its visual vocabulary, as the artist broadens his technique launched four years ago. In 2015, Ogakwu showed a technique tagged Illimite in Lagos, marking the artist’s first solo exhibition in the city.

After pushing the technique into the consciousness of art aficionados, over the last four years, Ogakwu returns to the exhibition circuit, showing Ilimite-II from December 6-13, 2019 at National Gallery of Art, Temple Avenue, Enugu. A borrowed French word, ‘Illimite’ means unlimited, but adapted by Ogakwu to enhance his mixed media works on canvas.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Nigeria announces campaign for recovery of stolen artifacts

'Ife Head' (Brass, circa 1300 C.E. 35cm high), on display at The British Museum, London.

One year after ECOWAS' declaration on recovery of looted artifacts, Nigeria has announced its intention to launch a formal campaign for return and restitution of the country's cultural objects in possession of foreign museums and private hands across the world. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the announcement, in Lagos on Thursday.

Saturday, 23 November 2019

In 'Dymentiona', Aiyesan's mastery of texturised canvas goes spatial realm

Progenitor', ('5x5 ft, acrylic on cretextured canvas 2019).
From the analogy of space, Segun Aiyesan probes man's interaction with nature and the survival energy against diverse and multiple realms.

Aiyesan, a Port Harcourt, Rivers State-based artist is known for his aging technique in texturised canvas. The artist returns with a spatial theme four years after he gave Lagos some dose of cultural redefinition in visual analyses. His new exhibition titled Dymentiona, which opened yesterday, continues till Sunday December 8, 2019, at Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos, as Aiyesan returned after Africano Interpretations, his last solo in the city.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Enwonwu’s Yoruba Man to lead 23rd Arthouse auction

Yoruba Man (gouache on paper 63.5 x 49 cm. (25 x 191⁄4 in.), by Ben Enwonwu.
For its twenty-third edition of art auctions in Lagos, Arthouse Contemporary displays quite a list of rare works by Nigerian and other African artists. Among such pieces is Yoruba Man, a study of a male figure by Ben Enwonwu.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

'Raw Cooked' of Asidere, Nsofor, Uwagboe, Uzoka and Dalmieda

'Mother and Child' and 'Sold for Her People', both of 'Mansa Musa Travails' series by Anthony Nsofor.
Yesterday, a group art exhibition featuring works of Duke Asidere, Anthony  Nsofor, Bob-nosa Uwagboe, Uche Uzoka and Charly Dalmieda opened under a theme that sees appreciation of art beyond the superlative stereotypes.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Hope alive with Jideonwor’s 'Black Is Gold'

Visitors during the exhibition.
FROM the recurring challenges facing Africa’s politics to its tottering economy, the artist Gabriel Jideonwor distils hope. In his solo show titled, Black Is Gold, held at Vivid Exclusive Art Gallery, Lekki, Lagos, he used paintings of eclectic expressions to celebrate Africa’s resilience.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Kehinde of Lijadu Sisters dies today, in US

Kehinde of the twin Lijadu Sisters musical fame, died in New York, US, on Saturday, November, 9, aged 71.
Kehinde Lijadu
The news of Kehinde’s death, according to sources, was broken by her twin sister, Taiwo. 

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Beirut 'Journey into Contemporary African Art' for Nigerian artists

A mixed media titled 'People's Paradise' Gerald Chukwuma.
Painting, sculpture,  installation and mixed media works by Duke Asidere, Rom Isichei, Chidi Kwubiri, Gerald Chukwuma, Adewale Alimi and Suraj Adekola are the current poster-face of art from Africa, in the Middle East. The artists’ works, being exhibited in Beirut, Lebanon, boost the increasing appreciation of African art across the world.

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Schommers back in Lagos with 'the way we mask'

From the installation 'Mmanwu (masquerade)', by Ngozi Schommers. 
Three years after Ngozi Schommers’ debut solo art exhibition, the artist returns with another show titled the way we mask, at the National Museum, Onikan, Lagos from November 2-14, 2019. The exhibition features new large scale works created with perforated paper, confetti, sequin, watercolour, acrylic, and fibre, and an installation comprising of fifty-eight drawings.

Return of 'Zaria rebels' in Celebration of Legacies

A painting by Yusuf Grillo titled 'Kabiyesi and Olori'.
Today, one of the most iconic groups in Nigerian visual arts parlance, the 'Zaria Rebels', are back on the exhibition circuit. Arthouse Contemporary regroups the artists in an exhibition titled Zaria Art Society: Celebration of Legacies, starting wit a private viewing today and continues from tomorrow October 27-November 15, 2019 at the Kia Showroom, 308, Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Saturday, 19 October 2019

At 'Ofala Festival', monarch creates platform for art, culture advancement

His Majesty Nnaemeka Achebe admiring a piece of work at the Oreze V11 Art Exhibition with the curator, George Edozie, Professor Frank Ugiomoh, Chief Chukwuma Agbakoba, and Chike Ekweogwu during Ofala Festival 2019 in Onitsha… recently. PICS BY CHUMA IWENOFU.

In a symposium and are exhibition, a monarch's responsibility to his people as custodian of their values and culture was once again stressed at the 2019 Ofala Festival in Onitsha, Anambra State. 

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.