Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Titi Omoighe goes Modern Interpretations


 From Saturday, June 3 – August 30, 2017,  34 Titi Omoighe shows Modern Interpretations, a solo exhibition curated by SMO Contemporary Art at Temple Muse, Victoria Island, Lagos.
 SMO says the exhibition offers a rare perspective on traditional African forms from Omoighe, describing her new body of work as “exploring abstract techniques using splashes and dribbles of color, reminiscent of Jackson Pollock’s style, and drawing on her
Elders Gathering, Acrylic on canvas, 122 x 90, 2014
fascination with water based pigments and the linear features on traditional textiles, pottery and wall paintings.  While her earlier, more impressionistic Hunter Series was inspired by D.O. Fagunwa’s Yoruba literary classic,”

 “Titi's canvases reflect both the physical action of characters in search of higher meaning while engulfed in “other-worldly” adventure, as well as deftly draws us into the emotional and
spiritual landscapes of memory, longing and revelation,” said Sandra Mbanefo Obiago, the exhibition’s curator.

 "If Titilayo follows in the footsteps of the Abstract Expressionists, she takes their ideas in a new direction, imbuing them with a distinctly personal flavor and African subject matter,” comments Dr. Jean Borgatti, Consulting Curator of the Fitchburg Art Museum in the United States, and Professor at the University of Benin, where Omoighe is currently pursuing her doctoral studies. 
  Titilayo Omoighe (born 1966) is one of Nigeria’s best kept art secrets. She grew up in Lagos and graduated from the Yaba College of Technology with a Higher National Diploma in Painting in 1989, being awarded the Best Life Drawing Student Award of the year. She completed her national service in Kano where she received the Kano State NYSC Award before starting a career as Artist and Designer at the Nigerian Television Authority NTA in Lagos and Abeokuta. She created iconic set designs for news, theatre, adverts, and beauty pageants on television and at the National Theatre in Lagos. She was awarded the 1st Prize URTNA Nelson Mandela Trophy Design Award in Nairobi in 1992. After twenty years working in television and completing a Master of Fine Art (MFA) in Painting at the University of Benin in 2013, Titi returned to her alma matter as a lecturer in painting and drawing. She has taken part in numerous exhibitions in Nigeria and spends her time painting, writing, and lecturing. Titi is married to fellow artist, Mike Omoighe, and has three children. 



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