Monday 19 February 2024

Celebrating traditional, modern carving of Adebayo at ArtMiabo

Adebisi Adebayo.

THE 2024 edition of ArtMiabo International Art Festival (AMIAF) has listed sculptor, Adebisi Adebayo, among the exhibiting artists and special recognition awardees.

Friday 9 February 2024

For Balogun, Sculptor's Odyssey Award of ArtMiabo 'apt, timely'

Dr Adeola Balogun.

THE 2024 edition of ArtMiabo International Art Festival (AMIAF), themed Sculptor's Odyssey seemed to be gathering more steam as a unique exhibition of medium-specific event. One of the exhibiting artists and awardees, Dr Adeola Balogun spoke about the importance of Award dedicated to sculpture, among other related-factors concerning sculptors.

Friday 2 February 2024

'Cloning artists' with AI possible, Sculptor's Odyssey awardee, Waritimi predicts

Pius Waritimi.

PIUS Waritimi is showing at ArtMiabo International Art Festival (AMIAF) 2024, a gathering of sculpture-specific medium, which also celebrates select artists with awards. As one of the awardees, Waritimi, a sculptor and academic professional noted that the fear of AI producing artworks should be less of concern to artists. But the real danger ahead, he argued, is the fear of tech cloning artists.

Thursday 1 February 2024

Brooklyn Museum celebrates 200th anniversary

WITH a yearlong celebration, Brooklyn Museum kicks off its 200th anniversary in October 2024, honoring the museum’s legacy and looking toward the future.

Tuesday 30 January 2024

Legacy of Timothy Adebanjo Fasuyi (1936-2024), as modernist, educationist

Timothy Adebanjo Fasuyi.

AS one of Nigeria's modern masters, Timothy Adebanjo Fasuyi, also known as TAFAS, combined his career as an artist with being a great education administrator. He has been credited with establishing quite a number of institutions of creative and non-culture facilities of government origin.    Fasuyi, a native of Isona, Osun State, served as Federal Art Adviser. He retired from the Ministry of Education on his 50th birthday. 

One of his children, Akin Fasuyi announced the death of the modernist on January 27, 2024. "The Enigmatic Artist and Educationist Tafas (T.A. FASUYI) went to repose in the Lord early this morning," Akin disclosed. "He was due to be 89 in a few months' time." 

Fasuyi was admitted to study Fine Art at Nigerian College of  Arts, Science and Technology (now Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria) in 1954. His first employment as an art teacher was at St. John’s Teacher’s College, Owo in Ondo State, where he taught for 14 months before his appointment as art education officer at the prestigious Kings College, Lagos. 

A pioneer member of the Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA), he served as the first secretary, with Yusuf Grillo as president then. He represented the Federal Ministry of Education at interview panels for new entrants into the Federal Service Commission to Canada and the United States, visiting 10 cities in both countries to recruit new officers. He also established the National Children’s Art Exhibition as part of the National Festival of Art and Culture, which rotated among the state capitals. He was the first Nigerian member of International Association of Artists (IAA), based in Paris, and later elected vice president. To his credit, he ensured that the SNA had affiliation to the IAA.

Fasuyi is also credited with the establishment of the National Council for Art and Culture (NCAC), with state branches by merging the Northern Art Group, under Maitama Sule, with the Southern Art and Human Society, under Kola Balogun. 

Although an artist, Fasuyi had a long career in the education sector, where he was also an administrator. For example, it has been established that he spent the last six years of his career at the Federal Ministry of Education to improve Federal Government Colleges nationwide. As an educationist, Fasuyi ensured that art endured as every Federal Government School, to have at least, one art teacher.

In a tribute, one of Fasuyi's colleagues, master printmaker, Dr Bruce Onobrakpeya recalled that the late modernist, a founding father of the SNA, left a strong legacy. "His role in nurturing the SNA was pivotal, fostering a community where artists could collaborate and flourish," Onobrakpeya noted. "His leadership was not just administrative; it was inspirational, empowering artists to explore and express, shaping a vibrant artistic culture in Nigeria."

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In 2017, National Gallery of Art (NGA) celebrated Fasuyi's 80th birthday. At Fasuyi’s 82nd birthday the then Director-General, Abdullahi Muku disclosed that government was going to start documentation of artists in a book form, using the celebrant as a flag off point. “NGA has captured Fasuyi (Tafas) in over 200 pages. We have quite a lot of artists on the waiting list to document, as part of the NGA’s many projects for artists.”

Wednesday 3 January 2024

Hybridised textures of Koko's 'Water Me' explore 'womanism, bodypositivity'

'Ive (Beauty), glazed ceramic, 9 x 8 inches, dated 2023, by Fiyin Koko.

WITH nearly ten group art exhibitions, between 2020 and currently, Fiyin Koko represents the fresh energies of artists driving the emergence of new phase of art in Lagos. Armed with potentials across painting and sculpture, Koko is on self-discovery to be counted among the new generation of artists whose works make bold statements in critical and commercial appreciation spaces.

In Lagos, Badejo's 'Times and Places' celebrates habitat naturalism

' City Colour II' (acrylic on canvas, 150 X 120 cm, dated 2023) by Abiodun Badejo. 

IN an era when bold figurative paintings of darkened subjects are the attraction for quite a number of artists, others like Abiodun Badejo stick to their identity. Badejo's solo art exhibition titled Times and Places, shown from December 3-8, 2023, at Gemini Art Gallery, Onikan, Lagos asserted the artist's enduring signature in streetscape and landscape themes.

Sunday 17 December 2023

Five years after, 'Visual Arts Trajectories of Kolade Oshinowo At 70' unveiled

During the unveiling of Visual Arts Trajectories of Kolade Oshinowo At 70 compendium.

AFTER artist, Kolade Oshinowo, celebrated his 70th birthday five years ago with quite a number of sub-events, the documentation part did not end with the celebration. Few days ago, specifically Wednesday, December 13, 2023, a compendium, which iconised the 70th celebration of Oshinowo, in scholarly context, was presented to the general public.

Friday 17 November 2023

Agbaje, Jama win $10,000 2023 ART X Lagos Prize

Asmaa Jama.

THE Access ART X Prize has announced winners of its 2023 edition. After careful deliberation, Julius Agbaje from Nigeria and Asmaa Jama representing the Africa/Diaspora category were selected as the standout talents from an exceptional pool of finalists. The emergence of the winners is a testament to their artistic prowess, unique vision, and potential for global impact.

Tuesday 14 November 2023

Celebrating Black History Month with Olagoke's art in UK, Mauritius

Poet and rapper, Stretch, during the live painting by Lanre Olagoke (background).

FROM the U.K to Mauritius, artist Lanre Olagoke's brushstrokes of art activism celebrated the Black History Month of October 2023. Ahead of his live painting session at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, U.K., in the first week of October, Olagoke visited Mauritius for community projects, in celebration of the British Black History Month.

Monday 13 November 2023

ART X Lagos as 'cornerstone of African art industry'

Master printmaker, Dr Bruce Onobrakpeya during ART X Lagos 2923.

WITH ART X Lagos’ 2023 physical edition, which closed  Sunday, 5 November, and the online extension continuing on until 9 November, the yearly fair's eighth edition has "great acclaim." Held from 2-5 November, 2023 at The Federal Palace, Victoria Island, Lagos, the fair, according to the organisers, ended amidst reports of great acclaim from participants and attendees, who remarked on the fair’s responsiveness to its social context and the needs of its community in this particular year. 

Saturday 11 November 2023

Across generations of artists, Sogal auction 2023 displays 'masterpieces'

'Kingsmen' (oil on canvas, 95 x 105cm, dated 2023) by Victor Chigozie Anachuna

OVER 30 years of experience in art market comes as great asset as Signature Beyond Art Gallery sets for its 2023 Sogal Art Auction. With masterpieces and timeless art, Sogal Art Auction will assert its nearly 10 years of consistency in the secondary art market of Africa.