Friday 21 June 2024

Monochromes of feminity with Sholola's 'Be Here Now'

'Grounding I' (black tea, ink, charcoal, pastel and acrylic on canvas, 24 x 38in dated 2023) by Laju Sholola.

RENDERED in black tea, ink, charcoal, pastel and acrylic, the figurative expressions of Laju Sholola brings freshness onto the Lagos art space. Sholola's works, devoid of stereotypes loud colours, capture the tender, candid emotions of feminity.

Wednesday 12 June 2024

For Soyinka at 90, ‘Ebrohimie Road, A Museum of Memory’ premieres in Lagos, Ibadan, other cities

Prof Wole Soyinka, captured in an archival picture on Ebrohimie Road.

AS part of Prof Wole Soyinka at 90 celebration, a documentary titled Ebrohimie Road: a Museum of Memory, based on the little building on the University of Ibadan (UI) campus, where the poet, playwright, memoirist, essayist and polemicist, once lived will be premiered. While he was a teacher at the UI, Nigeria's premier tertiary institution, Soyinka loved in the building.

Six artists' 'Matters of Essence II' explores materiality, tangibility

'Waist Deep (The Living Water), conte crayon, spray paint, acrylic and oil on canvas; 34 x 24 inches, dated 2024, by Christopher Samuel Idowu.

MIMI Adu-Serwaah, Sika Amakye, Elfreda Dali, Nwakuso Edozien, Christopher Samuel Idowu and Omolade Ogundimu are showing in a group art exhibition titled Matters of Essence II, which opens on June 15, 2024 at kó Gallery, Ikoyi Lagos.

Monday 27 May 2024

Adeyemo's 'Breath of Novelty' for batik art

'Celebration' (Screen printing on brocade, 127 x 457 cm, dated 2023) by Hakeem B. Adeyemo. PIC: C/o the artist.

WITH his solo art exhibition titled Breath of Novelty, shown from to May 8-15, 2024, at the Department of Industrial Design,School of Art, Design and Printing.Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Hakeem Adeyemo has added another texture to batik art. 

Sunday 26 May 2024

How artists recorded big sales at AMIAF's 'Sculptors Odyssey'

Guests, including Dr Bruce Onobrakpeya, viewing a section of AMIAF 2024 edition.

AFTER three days of large scale exhibition at the just concluded third edition of ArtMiabo International Art Festival AMIAF, the results of sales showed that most of the exhibited artists had great patronage. Also, from the high number of guests that visited the masterly display of exhibits, AMIAF 2024 opened a new chapter in large scale art exhibition as the biggest art event in every Q1 of Nigerian art economy.

Saturday 25 May 2024

Six Swans of female artists display beauty, grace in paintings

'Hidden' (acrylic on canvas, W69 x H77cm, dated 2023) by Baliki Audu.

Useh Akpoghene Caroline, Amaghiro Chiamaka Lilian, Balikisu Audu, Eberechukwu Lucia Okoro, Elizabeth Chioma Ekpetorson and Faith Michael are female artists sharing one thing in common in the beauty and grace of swan bird.

Monday 13 May 2024

Ofo Ezioye Na Amawbia - A Symbol of Justice, Truth & Peace

'Aka ji Ofo' (cement on concrete, 7ft, dated 2018) by Dr. Ikenna Aghanya. PIC: c/o of the artist.

By Dr. Chibike Nwuba IPAM, NIMM, IOE


The town Amawbia, which is also known as Ugbo-Ogiliga, is situated along the Enugu-Onitsha road and it’s in Awka South Local Government of Anambra State. It is about 35 km from Onitsha town in Anambra State, Nigeria. The progenitor of Amawbia is, according to common oral tradition, Awofia, one of the sons of Nri Ifikwuanim, the first son of Eri (900AD). Eri migrated from the present site of Aguleri, in Anambra East Local Government Area, to Nri, in Anaocha Local Government of Anambra State.

Friday 26 April 2024

Saturday 6 April 2024

'Next of Kin Series 6' opens with 'Renewed Hope', continental expansion

From left, Obehi Ojeaga, General Manager NMT; Chief Olorogun Jeff Ajueshi, Founder Thought Pyramid; Ovie Omatsola, exhibition director at Thought Pyramid; and Ikemefula Chikwendu, Assistant General Manager NMT during the Press Lagos. 
THE Thought Pyramid Art Centre has announced the grand opening of the sixth edition of its Next of Kin Art Competition and Exhibition. Themed Renewed Hope, with a rider The Continental Season," the 6th edition marks a departure from tradition by extending its scope beyond Nigeria.

Thursday 4 April 2024

Sharjah Biennial 16 artists list, curatorial framework

Natasha Ginwali (left), Megan Tamati-Quennell, Zeynep Öz, Alia Swastika and Amal Khalaf.  Photo: Danko Stjepanovic

THE Sharjah Biennial 16, which holds from 16 February–15 June 2025, has its first major announcement. Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) announces its initial selection of artists participating in the sixteenth edition of Sharjah Biennial (SB16).

Wednesday 3 April 2024

Sacred Art of Odu Ifa…' by Lekan Babalola

A new book on Ifa by the Grammy Award-winning musician-philosopher, Olalekan Babalola, will be formally unveiled on April 13, 2024 at the Kongi’s Harvest Art Gallery, Freedom Park, Lagos.

Saturday 30 March 2024

Brushstrokes of fragile mastery

'The Human and her White Halo' (oil and acrylic on canvas, 20 x 30inches, dated 2023) by Olamide Adesola.

FROM cave painting era to modern, postmodern and contemporary periods, portrait art has proven to be the most resilient form of representational expression. Despite its resilience, portrait art in 21st century contemporary period appears to have been reconstructed, and perhaps, deconstructed by artists of radical expressions, including Olamide Adesola.

Friday 29 March 2024

'Enwonwu: A Continued Legacy' connects Tutu, Ooni in new royal series

'Beauty and Morality II' (oil on canvas, 153 X 105cm, dated 2023) by Oliver Enwonwu.

IN a joint exhibition titled Enwonwu: A Continued Legacy, the son of the late modernist, Oliver Enwonwu revisits one of his father's most iconic paintings, Tutu.