11 emerging Nigerian contemporary artists Express It

Posted: June 30, 2011 in arts/culture

Eleven Nigerian contemporary artists have commenced the exhibition of their works under the presentation of the Tent Gallery of Paintings and support from the Enwonwu Foundation (BEF)’s Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Tilted; EXPRESS IT, the nine-day exhibition which opened last Saturday, June 25 ends on Sunday, July 3, at the Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Featuring emerging Nigerian contemporary artists like; Ahmed Abdulrasak,  Bimbo Adenugba, Dotun Alabi, Ola Balogun, Umeh Bede, Joseph Eze, Emeka Juwah, Ade Odunfa, Olumide Onadipe, Aimufia Osagie and Kehinde Oso, the exhibition is curated by Oluwakemi Dawodu.

The show offers a glimpse into the broad diversity of contemporary art practice in Nigeria.

“What is known today as contemporary Nigerian art has witnessed significant growth and evolution over the years in ways that have nurtured the wonderful relationship between the artists, their work and the market, ” said curator Dawodu.

He describes the exhibition as: “A diversity that stems from the existent complex visual vocabulary emerging from a blend of Africa’s stylistic conventions of geometric abstraction, naturalism, expressiveness and symbolism as evidenced in the classical sculptural art forms of ancient Benin and Ife fused with Western techniques and trends of realism and picture-making.”

Among the artists of the exhibition, Ade Odunfa captures the female form using flat brush strokes and muted tones. Dotun Alabi’s landscapes are deftly constructed with rich impasto while abstract expressionist, Ola Balogun juxtaposes blocks of solid colour applied with sweeping cross-hatchings against the more economical strokes that define the features of his sitters.

Also, Bimbo Adenugba creates an artistic patchwork of vibrant colours transforming mundane everyday tasks into rich meaningful events. Aimufia Osagie’s bold, textured canvases exude sensuality with clear sexual undertones.

Joseph Eze betrays his strong Nsukka School influence by employing metaphors and striations on the bodies of his figures inducing the Uli system of painting. Kehinde Oso skilfully and confidently manipulates light to add depth to his strongly figurative compositions.

Umeh Bede creates ethereal dreamlike scenes suggestive of our otherworldly experiences. Olumide Onadipe uses beads to express himself in cubist fashion, vaguely reminiscent of the works of master artists, David Dale and Jimoh Buraimoh; while Emeka Juwah’s canvases are populated by hybrid beings evoking ancient tradition while stressing the difficult relations of belonging and identity.

Lastly, Ahmed Abdulrasak adds layers of visual meaning to his work with African symbolism, cowry shells and rope.

The works presented are a rich testament to the powerful expressiveness of visual art in Nigeria.


    Fantastic!it shows we heading in the right direction with shows like these.

  2. Tony says:

    Am good and perfect in art

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