Saturday, 14 October 2017

Bisi Fakeye (1942 - 2017), last of fifth generation dynasty of sculptors

Bisi Fakeye (1942 - 2017)
The depletion of about one and half century-old-dynasty of carvers, the Fakeye, may be difficult to replenish. Within a period of eight years, three members of the dynasty - across two generations - Lamidi (1928-2009), Sola (1971- 2016) and Bisi (1942 - 2017) have passed on.
  Bisi, a foundation member of one of the oldest studio groups in Nigerian visual arts profession, Universal Studios of Art (U.S.A.) at National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, died on Sunday, October 8, after what his colleagues described as “battle with illness.” Last year, Bisi’s son, Sola, who also worked at Universal Studios died, aged 45.
  Trained under Lamidi at the family’s hometown of Ila Orangun, Osun State, Bisi and another member of the family, Dejo, swelled the dynasty of sculptors, otherwise known as ‘agbegi lere’ in Yoruba. Apart from the famous 20th century sculptor, Olowe of Ise (circa 1873 -1938), whose

Sunday, 8 October 2017

English author, Kazuo Ishiguro wins The Nobel Prize in Literature 2017


Kazuo Ishiguro
Following the announcement, Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, was interviewed by journalist Elise Karlsson about the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature to Kazuo Ishiguro. Sara Danius described Kazuo Ishiguro's writing style as a mix of Jane Austen and Franz Kafka: "But you have to add a little bit of Marcel Proust into the mix, and then you stir."
  The citation describes

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Onobrakpeya, Oshinowo, Other Artists Return For The Content

Mixed media, Sleeping Beauty, by Lekan Onabanjo
Dr. Bruce Onobrakpeya, Kolade Oshinowo and Lekan Onabanjo are the three guest artists at The Content - Harmattan Edition, whose works continue to expand art appreciation outside the regular Lagos Islands hub. Between June and July this year, the maiden edition of The Content, held at Adam&Eve, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, created a fresh spot for new art enthusiasts and energised creativity beyond the regular art landscapes of the city.
  The current exhibition, which also marks two decades of Mrs. Modupe Ogunlesi-led Adam&Eve enterprise, underscores the resilience of creative, entrepreneurial

Young Artists Project The Future From 'The Root'

One of the paintings from The Root exhibition.
IN painting, mixed media, video installation and performance art, young artists Tobi Animashaun, Dare Adenuga and Taiwo Aiyedogbon apply contemporary skill, as a navigator to consult the past and secure the future. What the artists consider as “misconception” of the past needs to be corrected, so suggests the group art exhibition titled The Root, shown at National Museum, Onikan, Lagos.
  Two factors: youthfulness of the artists and form of art expressed, make the subject of the exhibition a collectively salient attraction. Added to the freshness

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Metallic Socio-ethno Emotions In Balogun’s Sculptures

Like Attracts Like, steel, acrylic, 36x36 x 9 inch, 2017 by Adeola Balogun
Between conceptual and aesthetic value of art, sculptor, Adeola Balogun finds a common space to divulge metaphoric contents of socio-ethno and political emotion. This much radiates in the artist’s solo exhibition of a body of work in metal titled Bubbles of Emotion held at Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos.
  Balogun, whose work in the last 10 years has been largely devoid of figural representations,

Sunday, 17 September 2017

At Mydrim, 'Ascension' of Ejoh, Jefferson

Grom Jefferson Jonathan, Evening Breeze II, 18 x 21 Inches,   Pastel on Paper, 2016
Followers of Wallace Ejoh and Jefferson Jonathan have a window to keep tracking the artists' progression as as Ascension, their joint art exhibition opens from September 20 to October 6, 2017 at Mydrim Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos.
 Ejoh, who graduated and specialised in painting from from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos was in 2016, a participants at a cultural exchange group exhibition, which took place in Zoetermeer, Holland.
 Ahead of opening of Ascension, Ejoh noted that the value of art in Nigeria has appreciated as more auctions are being held. “We have TKMG auction

Solanke, First Female SAN, Makes Living Legends’ Portraiture

Chief Folake Solanke (SAN), as the 7th Living Legend
A not-for-profit visual documenting initiative, Living Legend, has announced Chief Folake Solanke (SAN), as its 7th icon. Solanke is the first female lawyer conferred with the honour of Senior Advocate of Nigeria for her legal contribution to the socio-economic and political sphere in Nigeria. Organisers of Living Legend, Olu Ajayi Studio stated that on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Bodija area, Ibadan, Oyo State, Solanke, attired