|'Eko for Show (42 X 42 inch) by Raji Mohammed.|
RAJi Mohammed opens his new solo exhibition titled Beauty and Illusion, on Saturday 11-18, September 2021, at Alexis Galleries, No 282, Akin Olugbade Street, Off Idowu Martins, Victoria Island, Lagos State. The exhibition is also on virtual platforms of the gallery's social media handles such as Instagram- alexisgalleries, Facebook- Thehomestores & Alexisgalleries.
Mohammed said "Beauty and Illusion" was inspired by a collection of thoughts and knowledge I gathered from research and interaction with current day experience." He added that many of the things that seem like an anchor are just a mirage, and that the society thrives on these illusions to stay relevant.' He explained that the 11 works for Beauty and Illusion "also present the idea of true beauty in growth, security, unity and inclusivity as I juxtapose it with themes of hype, stereotype, relevance, bad governance and inequality."
The gallery statement added: Raji Mohammed is a figurative painter who has over the years master his art. He is relentless in training and practicing in a pattern that speaks growth. Raji has trained under the watchful eyes of great masters, using everyday life occurrences and moods around him as inspirations to produce inspiring works of art. He studied Fine and Applied Art at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, Lagos, Nigeria and graduatedwith a National Certificate in Education (NCE) Fine and Applied Art in 2008. He obtained a 'Bachelor of Science(Education) Art Education' degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka Nigeria in 2015.
Sponsored and supported by Pepsi, Tiger, Indomie, Mikano, The Guardian, Wazobia TV, Cool FM, UPS, Haier Thermocool, Cobranet, Delta Airlines, Aina Blankson, The Homestores, Art Café, Lost In Lagos, Arzeh Intergrrated Ltd, and AMG Logistics. the exhibition, according to Alexis is a "definition of growth, taking subtle to deep! There is no doubt that these intriguing works will communicate and find personal interpretations through proper judgment."
Alexis Galleries Statement: "We are pleased to announce that the gallery will be partnering with Cerebral Palsy Center, known as cpcenter, they provide therapy and care for children with CP, grass-roots awareness campaigns facing the challenges of raising children with CP, advocating for help and policy changes in favor of individuals living with CP and other disabilities, by donating part of the exhibition proceeds to its course."