Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Fashakin's drawing, print, painting in 'Exchange of Change'

From tomorrow, Michael Fashakin opens his solo art exhibition of drawings, prints, repoussé and Chasin as well as mixed media titled Exchange of Change, at Yusif Grillo Gallery, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.
One of the works from Fashakin Exchange of Change

 The artist says the exhibition is aimed at documenting what was Nigeria's stronghold and what made her strong economically in the league of nations in Africa in time past. The show, he adds will also discus the issue of "ancient human

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Dallas, Cuba, Haiti perform at Abeokuta ‘African Drum Festival’

In its second year, African Drums Festival, at Abeokuta, Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria held the 2017 edition with more than 10 cultural  troupes from the U.S., central America and over 10 African countries participated. Among the cultural groups were those from Dallas, Cuba and Haiti.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun unveiling an 18-feet high drum
  When the event opened on Thursday, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State unveiled an 18-feet high drum, acclaimed to be the “tallest drum in the world.” At the maiden edition of the festival, a 17-feet high drum was unveiled as the tallest.

  The African Drum Festival is designed to showcase heritage of the black race via a gathering of drums from different parts of  the world.         

  At June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta where this year’s event was flagged off,

New Dawn At Work For Arthouse Artists

By Tajudeen Sowole
 A reassessment of the urban environment, within the context of social and economic value, was the focus when Tyna Adebowale, Jelili Atiku, Dipo Doherty and Olumide Onadipe emerged from a group residency programme. The four artists are the first, as group beneficiaries of Arthouse Foundation Residency, which started two years ago with U.S-based artist, Victor Ekpuk.
Installation titled Conversation With Self by Olumide Onadipe

Supported by Kia Motors and Absolut, proceeds from the residency were shown as a group exhibition titled At Work, inside Kia Showroom, Victoria Island, Lagos.
  A few days after the exhibition's formal opening, a visit revealed how the group of artists strengthened the emerging energy of contemporary art in Lagos. Mounted on the floor, almost

For Let’s Talk About It, Gakunga fusses native contents, contemporary process

By Tajudeen Sowole

From discarded sheet of metals, Kenyan artist, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga generates a form of art that goes through scientific process as well as injects native Swahili culture into contemporary African art.
One of the works from by Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga

 With such profound melting point for art and science, Gakunga assembles    a new body of sculpture titled Tushauriane – Let’s Talk About It, which shows from May 18 – July 29, 2017, at October Gallery, London, U.K.

  Based inTexas, U.S, Gakunga who is returning to London for her second solo art exhibition,  will be showing what has been described as “predominantly wall-hanging sculptures ingeniously created from

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Nollywood actor, Bakare dies

Nollywood, this morning, lost one of Yoruba film industry’s prominent actors, Olumide Bakare, aged 65. The actor who became famous from a TV series, Oluwa Langbe Lodge, was said to have passed on after a protracted illness.  
  “He had a successful surgery and after the surgery, he talked to people and told
Olumide Bakare
them he was fine. But two hours later, he passed on. It is very painful because I had actually been wishing him a quick recovery,” said Mufu Onifade, a member of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP).  “Bakare is someone who was a hundred percent committed to the theatre profession. He started on stage and then from there, went on TV, did radio and then film which was where he settled.”

 The actor was reported to have suffered from cardiac arrest few months ago.

Tantua Goes S’Art in Lagos

Known as the face of Pop Art in Nigeria, a Port Harcourt-based artist, Diseye Tantua returns to the art exhibition circuit with a solo, S’Art, showing from today – May 6, 2017 at Kia Motor Showroom, Victoria Island, Lagos.

  Organised by Arthouse-The Space, the exhibition, according to a curatorial statement combines graphic symbols, bold colours and expressive text. “His drawings are based on traditional proverbs that are made popular by headboards and bumper stickers on buses, taxis, tricycles and street signs. Tantua focuses on social groups in urban spaces, often depicting forms of transit and movement,” the curatorial note states. “These scenes are overlaid

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Barkley Leonard Hendricks (April 16, 1945 – April 18, 2017

Barkley Leonard Hendricks with his famous painting What's Going On in the background

Between music and painting, there exists a brotherly connection, so suggests Marvin Gaye's 1971 song What’s Going On and artist, Barkley L. Hendricks. The artist was regarded as lending his brush strokes to give Gaye's music a painterly lift.
  Sadly, on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Hendricks died, aged 72. How did Gaye music and Hendricks' painting