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.

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.