Saturday 30 March 2013

Double for art patron, Shyllon

It was a celebration of art appreciation and creativity on Wednesday at Freedom Park, Lagos Island, when one of Africa's topmost collectors, Prince Yemisi Shyllon presented a book on veteran carver, Late Lamidi Fakeye and donated 18 sculptural pieces to the public facility.
Royal fathers, Chief Ernest Shonekan and Commissioner for Tourism and Intergovernmental Relationship, Mr Disun Holloway represented Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola

The book, Conversations With Lamidi Fakeye, and in coffee table format is co-authored by Dr Ohioma Pogoson.

Fakeye who is regarded as 'Africa's leading carver' died in 2009 after over 60 years career, which included being a resource person at universities in the U.S.

The sculptural works donated are largely representational life sizes by Adeola Balogun, Patrick Agose and Jagun.

Speaking on what led to the book, Shyllon said it was the last of his three promises to Fakeye. "I promised Lamidi Fakeye when he was alive that I will promote him in Lagos by exhibiting his work, be the largest collector of his work and publish a book on him".

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