Friday, 22 September 2023

'Ghetto Impressions' of Kareem breed fresh strokes at Signature Gallery

'Ghetto Phase II' (paper, acrylic, gloss paint, fabric, pastel, 227x187 cm, dated 2021), by Yakubu Kareem.

IN the strokes of young Yakubu Kareem a 19th century art movement known as impressionism is being celebrated as the artist creates aesthetics out disorganised urban slums. 

Lagos Biennial announces 'Refugee' as theme for 2024 edition

Drone shot of Lagos Biennial 2024 venue, Tafawa Balewa Square. PIC: c/o Lagos Biennial.

AS Lagos Biennial announced rescheduling of its 4th edition, to hold from 3-10, February 2024, at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos Island, the theme captures concept of nation-state.

Thursday, 21 September 2023

How book club treated NLNG Literature Prize shortlists at Port Harcourt BookFest 2023

The shortlisted authors.

THE Banquet Hall, Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, was on Sunday September 17th 2023, illuminated with a plethora of cultural displays when the Rainbow Book Club, in conjunction with the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (sponsor of the literary award), celebrated the three playwrights  in contention for the 2023 Nigeria Prize for Literature. 

Tuesday, 19 September 2023

kó Gallery converges 'Optics' of seven artists in identity art theme

'Colourless Years of Wandering' (acrylic and vinyl on canvas, 279 X 190 cm, dated 2020) by Suleyman Wellings-Longman. 

TOFO Bardi, Jonathan Chambalin, Damilola Ilori, Chinezim Moghalu, Mobolaji Ogunrosoye, Laura Tolen and Suleyman Wellings-Longmore converge for exploration of identity art. 

Friday, 15 September 2023

21st London Design festival presents 'groundbreaking ideas', 'concepts'

LONDON Design Festival opens its 21st edition on 16th, and runs until 24 September 2023. With
 a vibrant and thought-provoking programme of events, exhibitions, and installations, the Festival once again provides a vital platform for designers and creative businesses to showcase their work. This year’s edition continues to foster growth and excellence in the sector, building on a two-decade-long legacy and commitment to promoting and supporting the UK’s design community.

Wednesday, 13 September 2023

Five curators for Sharjah Biennial 16

(Left to right): Natasha Ginwala (Photo: Victoria Tomaschko), Amal Khalaf (Photo: Christa Holka),  Zeynep Öz (Photo: Öykü Çakar-Smith), Alia Swastika (Photo: Yudha Kusum) and  Megan Tamati-Quennell (Photo: Ola Thorsen, US Embassy New Zealand)

Sharjah Art Foundation announced today the five curators for Sharjah Biennial 16, opening in February 2025.

Friday, 1 September 2023

Mohammed's pointillism of 'discipline, absurdity...' as Toys For Troys

2022 Harley Davidson CVO Road glide Roadmaster ( nails on board, automobile paint and acrylic, 88 x 46 inches), by Dauda Mohammed.

IN simple subjects and themes for art, some artists create mountainous interest to boost art appreciation. Dauda Mohammed is one of such artists as his works on two-wheel art bring freshness to the Lagos art space.

Monday, 21 August 2023

Separating Yorùbá religious tradition from Ìṣẹ̀ṣe

A depiction of Ifa diviner and believers in Isese... during a performance. Pic: courtesy of Guardian Life Magazine.

•history of ancient Yoruba religious belief

•emergence of deitified individuals, Isese practice...and more 

By Ayojinmi Adeolu, Biodun Olojede-Akiola and Bunmi Olokiki

"ISESE l'agba," is a common expression among adherents of what is referred to as 'Yorùbá traditional' religion.

Thursday, 27 July 2023

150 years on, echoes of slavery keep pulsating

'Architecture: Africa in Brazil', from the exhibition.

WOUNDS from the transatlantic slave trade may have healed, but a photography exhibition revisits the Portuguese-influenced culture of affected Africans as well as the role of Islamic and Yoruba spirituality in post-abolition lives of descendants of former slaves.

Friday, 14 July 2023

Spreading Orioye's 'Melanated Memoir' of renewed consciousness on Artsy

'Jewel and Chain' (oil on canvas, 40" x 40", dated 2023) by Bukola Orioye.

FROM the depth of African descents' socio-cultural values, Bukola Orioye brings quite some rich themes that define the people's heritage and contemporary characteristics.

Thursday, 29 June 2023

Kunle Adeyemi's 'Innovative Testament at Aesthetics' anchourage of artful grandeur'

'Japa' Syndrome I (Emigration), Paintocast, 26.5" X 42", dated 2022.

PRINTS and mixed media exhibition by Dr Kunle Adeyemi titled Innovative Testament opened on June 18, ending-July 2, 2023 at Tim & Carol Gallery of Art, 7A, Oba Dosumu Street, off Isaac John Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.

Friday, 23 June 2023

Over 300 art, design, film converge for Brooklyn Museum's Africa Fashion show

'Indigo' an adire-inspired design by Kofi Ansah.

THEMED Africa Fashion, it's a landmark exhibition celebrating what the organisers described as focus on Global Impact of Modern and Contemporary African Fashions.

Strokes of mental wellness connect native fashion in Oresegun's new paintings

'Show Time' (oil on canvas, 150 x 180 cm, dated 2023) by Olumide Oresegun.

CLOTHING as a medium of functionality covers the wellbeing of people, radiating mental health, so suggest recent paintings by artist, Olumide Oresegun. In his works, Oresegun brings fashion onto the scale of wellness to evaluate how colour, aesthetics and traditions determine behavioural patterns of wearers of specific designs.