Friday, 8 December 2017

Printmakers show solidarity as Onobrakpeya receives national honour

Dr Bruce Onobrakpeya being decorated with NNOM by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo
As a Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) was given to Dr Bruce Onobrakpeya, in Abuja, on Thursday, he has also been honoured with a group art exhibition. Being organised by Visual Printmakers  Association of Nigeria (VPAN), the group art show features works of over 20 artists, with Onobrakpeya - a life patron - as a guest artist.

  Titled First Rhythm and   opening on December 9, 2017 at The Resource Place, Ikeja, Lagos, the exhibition, which is VPAN's maiden group show, according to a member, Dr Kunle Adeyemi is to celebrate the master printmaker for being the recepient of the 2017 Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM).

 Onobrakpeya is a leading

Sunday, 3 December 2017

On Paper, Fadugba's Strokes Separate 'Value', 'Worth'

From Modupeola    Fadugba, two  parts of a triptych painting tilted Pink Lake: The One That Looked Back, 144 x 60 inches 48” x 60” each, Acrylic, Ink.
Five years after Modupeola     Fadugba quietly entered the Lagos art scene, she is back, releasing her energy of contemporary expression onto the soft surface of burned papers.
 Fadugba had announced her presence when she picked the Outstanding  Production prize for a structural design and game installation at the African Artists Foundation (AAF), National Art   Competition, 2012. But with her debut solo titled Heads Up, Keep Swimming, just shown at Temple Muse, Victoria Island, Lagos, Fadugba's initial traces of a young

r For Adaora, Life's Journey Pours Out In Colours Of Emotion

Eyes of Faith by Zinno Orara
Zinno Orara did not have the wealth of Mughali Emperor, Shah Jahan, who built one of the 'Seven Wonders of the Modern World', The Taj Mahal at Agra, India, in memory of his late wife, Mumtaz. But the Nigerian artist shares similar emotion with the 15th century Mughali ruler: it is the same profound love for a wife and mother, even in death.
  For the memory of his late wife, Adaora, a mother of four children, Orara has not built a mausoleum like Emperor Jahan; he stepped out onto the canvas three years after her death with colours of emotion. In a solo art exhibition titled Life's Journey, which opened at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos last weekend and which ends today, Orara pours out colours of emotions from the brush strokes of his heart.
  Throughout the period of the lost battle of Adaora against breast cancer, Orara

Ghariokwu In ‘Dance Floor’ of Fela’s Album Covers

Lemi Ghariokwu, speaking to guests during the exhibition, in Lagos.
As long as Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, remains a recurring subject on global creative space, designer, Lemi Ghariokwu, would not stop being a human encyclopaedia on the controversial musician. For the 20th year anniversary of Fela’s death, it would have been an incomplete landmark not to hear from Ghariokwu, who was the musician’s album cover designer for almost two decades (1974-1992).
  Arguably, Ghariokwu’s illustrations of Fela’s thoughts in album covers are among the oldest forms of visual representations on the musical works of the controversial legend. More importantly, the painting and drawing media employed make the illustrations more resilient against any drop in resolution of imagery reproduction compared to photographs

Friday, 1 December 2017

Onabanjo, Artist-Art Entrepreneur on the Rise

Lekan Onabanjo
As 2018 approaches, Lekan Onabanjo is one of the artists to watch out for in the new year. As an artist who has been active in both studio and promotion scenes in the past two decades, his activities this year  suggested he has more up his brush and palette strokes in the new year.
 Onabanjo, an artist, entrepreneur and promoter, has been the curator of a new initiative called The Content Art exhibition series. Organised by Mrs Modupe Ogunlesi-led Adam&Eve, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, The Content, which debuted in May-June 2017 and  currently running its Harmattan Edition, was designed to open a new dawn for art appreciation on the mainland axis of Lagos State.
  From running a frame gallery business – in the past ten years – Onabanjo has  conceptualised

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

For Adaora, Zinno returns with Life's Journey

A Painting titled Aka Jehovah II by Zinno Orara
For the love of his departed wife and mother of four  children, artist Zinno Orara steps out on canvas three years after the death of Adaora.  
 Through out the period of the battle of Adaora against breast cancer, her husband, Orara  nearly "shut down" his studio for almost seven years. Died in 2014, Adaora who left behind four children of two boys and girls is being celebrated by Zinno as Life's Journey, the artist's solo art exhibition, showing from November 25 - December 4, 2017 at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos.
 Properties sold, drugs worth N197,000 per week were bought, among several

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Again, 19th Lagos art auction tests economy ‘out of recession’

Ben Enwonwu (1917-1994)
‘The Leaf’ (Wood 108 Cm. 42.5 In.)

After generating a new local auction record for modernist, Ben Enwonwu, at the last May sales, Arthouse Contemporary returns, as a test to Nigeria’s art market against the ongoing distressed state of the economy. Arthouse, Nigeria’s premier art auctioneer, is featuring the same artist and other modernists as well as contemporary artists for the November edition. 
 At the 18th edition of the Arthouse auction in May, a bronze version of Enwonwu’s famous sculpture series, Anyanwu, was sold for N54,050,000 million naira. The sale of the 1962 sculpture boosted the total lots sold at N166,156,00m. In fact, the auction house has been consistent with sales since the Nigerian economy  ‘officially entered recession’ in the second quarter of last year.
  For the 19th edition of its auction of Modern and Contemporary Art, Arthouse features Enwonwu with other modernists such as Uche Okeke, Ben Osawe, Jacob Afolabi, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Chuks Anyanwu, Susanne Wenger, Georgina Beier, David Dale, Dele Jegede, Jimoh Buraimoh and Kolade Oshinowo.
  Scheduled for previews on Saturday and Sunday, November 25 and 26, sales starting on Monday,