Sunday, 11 March 2018

Three Nigerian Artists, 47 Countries For Art Dubai 2018

Ekpuk’s Head 8, 2015, acrylic on cut out wood, Approx. 137 x 122 cm, Courtesy of ther artist and TAFETA.
VICTOR Ekpuk, Ade Adesina and Victor Ehikhamenor are three Nigerians among other artists from across the world showing at the 12th Art Dubai from March 21 through 24, 2018 in United Arab Emirate (UAE). This year’s edition of Art Dubai hosts 104 galleries from 47 countries across the world at its traditional venue, Madinat Jumeirah.
  While U.S.-based Ekpuk and Aberdeen, Scotland-based Adesina are showing at the Contemporary section of Art Dubai 2018, Ehikhamenor is making history as one of the first artists to participate in the maiden edition of Art Dubai Residents and Exhibition. Under a London, U.K-based Tyburn Gallery,

How Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge, ‘Idejo Chiefs’ Sculptures May Emerge As Iconic Lagos Monuments

The Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge, Lagos Island. PIC: Internet sourcing.
Despite its vast heritage, expressed in modern and contemporary monuments, Lagos still lacks an iconic spot to symbolise the city on the global tourism space.
 In public monuments such as architecture and art, a people’s history and value are expressed. Lagos is a city of mixed Gothic, Portuguese/Brazilian and postmodern architectural designs that have no space for indigenous contents.
    While cultural contents are almost non-existence in architectural works of most designs that dot a city like Lagos, art provides the ventilation for expression of the missing native values. However, on quite a number of the standing architectures,

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Women's Mental Health 'Unmasked' By Seven Artists

'Self on Secrets' by Somi Nwandu, digital print on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, 2017
From tomorrow, Sunday, March 11 to May 4, 2018, at The Wheatbaker, Ikoyi, Lagos, an all-female art exhibition titled Unmasked raisses alarm over mental health of women.
 It's the third edition of an all-female series 'Standing Out' exhibitions curated by SMO Contemporary Art. Significantly, on the occasion of International Women's Day, the exhibition "honours women across the globe," SMO states at a press-preview held on the same day of the global event.

  Nengi Omuku, Djakou Kassi Nathalie, Somi Nwandu, Nyancho NwaNri, Koromone Koroye, Reha Shishodia and Queen Nwaneri are the exhibiting artists who have strong links to Lagos. But the artists come from

Monday, 5 March 2018

How D'Artist Press For Progress With Women

A painting by Chike Onuorah titled Knowledge is Power.
Aligning his thoughts with the theme of International Women's Day 2018, artist, Chike Onuorah, will offer his paintings as a mark of solidarity with the softer gender.   
 Also known as D'Artist,
Onuorah whose work, most often uses female forms to express socio-cultural thematic rendition celebrates what he describes as unqantifiable values of women. With a new body of work titled Press For Progress, showing from March 8-21, 2018, at Moor House Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos, the artist shows direction through which a society needs to navigate

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Artist Residency With Ehikhamenor's 'Angels and Muse'

Angels and Muse gallery opens with Haneefah Adam's works
Artist residency is the new ‘game changer’ on the Lagos’ landscape of art. As a quiet area of art resource, artist residency is suddenly taking a more visible portion on the city’s creative sector. In fact, the new trend in artist residency in Lagos is energising the speed of contemporary Nigerian art towards stronger reckoning.
  Within a radius of less than 500 metres, south-west Ikoyi, Lagos for example, two artist residency spaces sprung up in just two years. While the earlier residency space, set up inside other building was created by art promoters, Arthouses, the newest, Angels & Muse, which occupies a two-floor building, is a project from the studio of

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

At £1m, Tutu painting sets new auction record

Sold for One million pound, hammer price.
Above the estimated sale of less than £400,000, a 1974 version of the  controversial 'Tutu' painting by Ben Enwonwu
MBE (1917-1994), has been sold for £1,000,000
few hours ago at the just held Bonhams Africa Now auction in London.
  Few weeks ago, the lot of the same 'Tutu' title was announced by

Sunday, 25 February 2018

For Oshinowo At 70, Artists Regroup Over Science-Driven Art

Kolade Oshinowo

Started in 1989, as a yearly gathering of art teachers' exhibition, the 2018 edition is being dedicated to Kolade Oshinowo's 70th anniversary. Also, the exhibiting artists are using this year's edition to collaborate with the science departments of the academia.
 Titled Tribute to Kolade Oshinowo and currently showing till March 22, 2018 at the Yusuf Grillo Gallery, the exhibition features works of about 25 artists from School of Art, Design and Printing, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.
  According to the artists, the exhibition is organised for two major reasons: honouring "our distinguished erudite scholar in the person of Oshinowo and announcing