Sunday, 7 January 2018

Zarnellia… Breeding Fresh Collectors At Arogundade's New Space

A 2017 painting titled 'Entangled' by Olufemi Arogundade

In the increasingly competitive Lagos art space, most young artists are always stranded at the crossroads of art appreciation. But Olufemi Arogundade, who came into the world of art from architecture background, would not accept the traditional rules of the established galleries in Lagos. After several frustrating attempts at pushing his art onto the city's mainstream market space, Arogundade chose to take the battle of

Tragic Story of Slave Man, Benga, On Canvas At Tokunbo

Depiction of Ota Benga in painting by Lamiwa Abayomi

Remember the 19th century Congolese slave, Ota Benga, who was shown at an exposition and a zoo in U.S? His tragic memory is being revisited in Lagos at a group art exhibition titled Tokunbo, currently showing at National Museum, Onikan, Lagos, a few days ago.   
  The group exhibition of paintings, mixed media and photography by young artists, Lamiwa Abayomi, Kamal Adisa and Simisola  Babalola include a piece that captures the derogatory and inhuman treatment meted on Benga in U.S. Almost lost in the other dominating texturised and larger size artworks on display, the small

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Dear Nigeria artists show support for 'LIFE' at Makoko

‘Social club’ by Fidelis Odogwu

Having brought riverine community of Makoko, Yaba, Lagos, into wider public attention through thematic paintings over the decades, artists, in the New Year, would be contributing to the humanitarian needs of the same people. Late last year, six artists showed paintings and sculptures titled Dear Nigeria, Dear Friends, at Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos, as part of a non-governmental development efforts to assist Makoko.
  In the Lagos art parlance, the Makoko theme is still the most focused, such that a section of Nigerian art critics has termed it 'repetitive' in apparent derogation of some artists' artistic expression. But LIFE, an acronym for Literacy, Integration

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Fresh Wave Of Art Attack Marked 2017

A body of work by Tobenna Okwuosa titled "From Historical Facts to Poetic Truths’ at Modern and Contemporary African Art Pavilion of ACDF, Lagos.
NINE years ago, Nigeria’s art landscape had what was widely accepted as unprecedented    emergence of new ideas that would later shape events till date. In fact, it was Nigeria's year of 'Renaissance', so some observers argued. Again, the country's art environment in the last year was flooded by art events of fresh waves that may change the face of visual culture in the years ahead.   
  The year took off with mixed feelings of hope and caution over news that Nigeria was again making an attempt at Venice Art Biennale. And when Nigeria’s debut at the 57th Venice Art Biennale was confirmed, it reflected

Art, Architecture Merge Design At 'Collecting Intersection'

Panelists: Sandra Obiago; Henry Bassey; Dr. Charlotte Langhorst; Prof. Ebun Clark; Femi Akinsanya and moderator, Papa Omotayo

AT the peak of Lagos art season last month, the atmosphere was spiced with the most crucial, and perhaps, the essence of making art - collecting. It was a gathering, which had as theme ‘The Art of Collecting: The Intersection Between Design, Architecture and Art.’ 
  Organised by Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos, in partnership with African Culture and Design Festival (ACDF), the event provided a window through which art appreciation in Nigeria could be analysed. It indeed

Sunday, 24 December 2017

From Lagos to Madrid, Four Artists in ‘Residency Exchange’

Works of art during the Open Studio organised for the Residency Lagos
The essence of artist residency in strengthening creative enterprise and as crucial feeds to mainstream art outlets was emphasised during the Open Studio of four artists in Lagos.
 Organised by a not-for-profit, Arthouse Foundation, the Open Studio, which held at the organisation’s Ikoyi office featured Nigerian, Spanish and South African artists whose works were produced at El Ranchito Residency, Spain. Held during 

Ebohon Emerges President Of Artists’ Guild

Sam Ebohon, President-elect of GFA
Sam Ebohon has been elected as the fourth president of Guild of    Professional Fine Artists of Nigeria (GFA) during the guild’s sixth convention, held at its Secretariat, NCAC Annex, National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos few days ago.
 Other elected members of the executive include Vice President, Juliet Ezenwa Maja-Pearse; General Secretary, Nobert Okpu; Financial Secretary,  Osagie Aimufia; and Social Director, Bimbo Adenugba.
 According to a statement from GFA, Duke Asidere contested against Ebohon as