Saturday 30 August 2014

Adeodunfa's art appreciation continues in Faces and Phases collection

 By Tajudeen Sowole
When Adeodunfa shows his collection in the first of what is projected as art exhibition series, he would again be sharing the joy of being an artist who is also a collector of other artists' works.

Odunfa who has put into his career nearly 15 years of studio practice had, three years ago, shown works of close to 20 artists in the exhibition titled Over A Decade Collection of Paintings and Sculptures.

Beautiful by Odunfa
He continues the passion of sharing his collection as another exhibition Faces and Phases will be on display from September 6-12, 2014 at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos.

"I have 400 art pieces of other artists in my collection.," Adeodunfa declared during the preview of the exhibition few days ago. For Faces and Phases, the number of artists are just five - four painters and one sculptor - including the collector/artist.

The choice of the theme, he disclosed, was based on the planned-seriealising of the exhibition.  For every group of artists shown at a particular time, the focus,  he explained "will be on the common stages that the artists have gone through."

For Faces and Phases, the artists are painters Akintoye Segun Shiigo, Olumide Onadipe, Adeodunfa, Uzoma Stephen Chinedu and and sculptor Donald Ekpo.

Adedunfa started collecting works of other artists, including that of his teachers,  as a student studying art. As an artist, his kind of art, perhaps, sometimes also influence his choice of collection. "My art depicts my true inner feelings; no matter the theme I work on." He explained how such personalising of art has become eclectic in his art over the years  "That’s why I’ve always had different styles over different periods in my life and different pallet to adorn my different surfaces. These are the element that gives breath to my art life." 

Samuel Ajobiewe,  Ehiforia Henry, Morakinyo Seye,  Akanbi Yusuf, Ogunnusi Dolapo, Bimpe Adebambo, Biodun Badmos, Bunmi Ayaoge, Idorenyin Ogaga Toudinye, Olumide Onadipe, Kehinde Oso, Umeh Bede, Segun Philips, Soji Yoloye, Tayo Olayode, Emeka Ajuwah, Osagie Aimufia, Femi Oyewole, Abdurazaq Muhammad and Donald Ekpo were the artists ehibited at Adeodunfa's show Over A Decade Collection of Paintings and Sculptures three years ago.

Full name, Adekusibe Odunfa, was born in Lagos on May 19, 1973. He graduated with a degree in Fine Art with a specialization in painting at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria in 1998.
 His bio says: Adeodunfa is an accomplished   painter known for his durbar themes; He is proficient in a variety of medim including oils, acrylics, watercolour, pastels and photography. He loves experimenting pigment on surfaces, plays with charcoal on canvass, oil on lace and oil on wood. His brilliantly executed canvasses depict the female form, portraits, durbars and recently stylized forms. 

From 1998 till date, he has participated in several exhibitions, which include three solos and over 22 group shows in Nigeria and abroad. Adeodunfa's works include installation of carnival floats and effigies for the Lagos State Carnival Floats 2010 – till date, The Calabar Carnival (Seagull band Float) 2012, The Eyo Festival Effigies 2010 - 2011 and The National Sports Festival Opening Ceremony held in Lagos State, 2012.

The Imala, Ogun State, southwest Nigeria indigene artist  has won numerous awards including: Mydrim Pastel Exhibition (2007), Guinness Art Award (2004), Xerox National Art Competition (2000) and Best Final Year Painting Student (1998).

Some of his art exhibitions include a 2007-Miniature Show,Terra Kulture VI,Lagos;
2008- Instinct,National Museum,Lagos; 2009- Art of Friendship,Abuja; 2010- Colours & Carnival 1,Calabar: 2010- Lagos Black Heritage;
2010- SICA,Cotonou ; 2011- Colours & Carnival II,Calabar; 2012- Colours & carnival III,Calabar; 2012- Firebrand,Nimbus Art Center, Lagos;
2014- The defining Moment,Transcorp Hilton,Abuja.

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