Wednesday 14 September 2022

In Lagos, Dudu, Brown, Ohagwu show 'Figures & Colours'

'Sharing Formula Analysis' (oil on canvas, 43x48 inches, dated 2022),, by Stanley Dudu.

EXCLUSIVE panoply of oil and acrylic paintings, as well as mixed media works will be on display in an exhibition titled Figures and Colours, which opens on Saturday, September 24, showing till Sunday, 25, 2022, at Angels and Muse: 5, Sumbo Jibowu Street off Ribadu, Ikoyi, Lagos Island.

The exhibition, featuring works by Stanley Dudu, Dodd Brown and Uchenna Ohagwu is organized by Lucid Grand. Curated by Udemma Chukwuma, Figures and Colours has started receiving commendations from industry previewers, the organisers stated.

"We are delighted to present the recent works of this amazing painters," declared Chukwuma. "Our informed choices of these three artists were based on their unique perceptions and expressions of figures, compositions and colours." She added that the exhibition will host We art patrons, enthusiasts and connoisseurs to come see the works, "as we assure you of a fulfilling and delightful viewing experience." 

For over a decade,  Stanley Dudu has established himself as an artist of repute after graduation from art school.  His knack for  unapologetic expressions of the female, feminine and femininity draws from a philosophical underpinning of life, growth and matrimony. His multi-thematic explorations are carried through with a multi-media ability that allows him to express his ideas and concepts  in various media particularly in charcoals and pastels. His profile had already chalked up three solo exhibitions and well over thirty group exhibitions nationally and internationally. 

Dodd Brown is a contemporary Nigerian artist whose paintings interrogate myriad subject matters mostly drawn from life experiences.  His works engages the mind in a manner that entangles the viewer in the discourses of his canvas. He is also prolific in different media. 

Brown is a mixed-media artist bent on distinguishing himself in each of the media he explores. His works in woven fabrics, newsprints and paintings  on canvas are determinedly an enterprise in multi-talented creativity. A notable feature of his styles is what he calls  FABRICation. His art keeps evolving but  not falling short of adventure and creativity. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree at University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State  from the Department of Fine Arts and Design. 

Uchenna Ohagwu is a multimedia Nigerian artist on a quest for self-expression. Clearly a creative with a lot to say, he engages with different media and experiments with unique elements, styles and forms. His evolution as an artist spans the periods of grounding in drawing during the early 80s and the influence of Uli scripts from his village (insert his village name here) to the urban explosion of the golden era of hip-hop in the city partly stimulated by comics and graffities. 

Born in Enugu State, he nurtured his artistic knowledge at the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu where he was exposed  to formal figure studies and techniques. He honed his skills all through the four years of his training program in painting, drawing and design. He completed his training in 2003, acquiring a HND in Fine Arts and Design.

His inspiration comes from the conflicts and realities of the 21st century Nigeria. He explores his creative concepts across mixed media which includes digital art. He avers that an interplay of his lived experiences  and his conscious study of organic  layers of meanings and structured existence has led  him to the muse #horiverti, which in time has transformed to a style of drawing and painting. 

This unique style display intricate renditions of soft edge, freehand renderings with horizontal and vertical lines- something like a map which to him is an engagement with a test of integrity, discipline and consistency in trying to learn or negotiate his way through life’s multi layered structures on the canvas. This also serve as a visual metaphor of therapeutic solution of reconstruction and restructuring needed for progress and growth in life.

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