Saturday, 21 April 2018

Canadian-honour for Nigerian artist, Akinbolaji

Artist, Yisa Akinbolaji (centre), shortly after he reived his award.

Twenty One years after artist, Yisa Akinbolaji left Nigeria for Canada, his contributions to the development of the host community has been formally recognised.
 On Thursday, Akinbolaji, the founder of Creative Foundation was honoured by the government

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

With Vision Of The Last Quarter, 50 Years Of Osogbo Art Glows In Lagos

Guests and artists during the opening of Vision of The Last Quarter at Thought Pyramid Centre, Lagos...recently.
WHEN Osogbo school emerged in the early 1960s, two crucial landmarks in Nigerian art lexicon were recorded: the potency of native content in creative expressions and a coincidence on the eve of the country’s transition from modern to contemporary art. In celebrating 50 years of Osogbo phenomenon, the event would highlight a group of artists, who are modernists by career path, but excelling in contemporary period.
  That trajectory of building a link between two periods of a nation’s art, which the artists of Osogbo informal school holds, has become a reference point. And 50 years on, it is worth celebrating while also introspecting into its hold on 21st Century

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Language of beats come alive at 'African Drum Festival'

Governor Ibikunle Amosun during the last year's event in Abeokuta

In its third edition, the yearly African Drum Festival, organised by Ogun State, South West of Nigeria will focus the communication essence  and origin of drum in Africa.
 Holding on its traditional third Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the third week in

Adeshina returns in art of 'Internal Conflicts'

After his last solo titled Void to Form, Ademola Adeshina is back to the exhibition circuit. He is taking his thoughts to Weave&Co Gallery's 'New Possibilities' series art exhibitions, which took off last month. As the third artist in the series, Adeshina brings a new body of work titled Internal Conflicts, showing from April 21 - May, 2018 at Moor House Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos. The 'New Possibilities', an initiative of curator at Moor House, Ora Ataguba opened with

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Heritage lesson from Paul Rubens' 'Head of African Man' temporary export ban from U.K

Head of an African Man Wearing a Turban, in 1609. 
Between monetary value  and heritage pride, the U.K,  appears to have placed a Peter Paul Rubens painting of an African portrait in the balance of either. Shipping out or not will depend on someone coughing out some millions of pounds to keep the painting in the U.K.
Rubens, (Flemish, 1577–1640) painted Head of an African Man Wearing a Turban, in 1609. According to agency reports, the painting has been placed on temporary bar for export. To keep it away from being exported, someone needs to pay as much as £7,695,860.
 What is playing out as regards the Rubens painting offers a lesson

Monday, 9 April 2018

How ancient Greco-Roman temple ruins revisited Egypt as world's capital

Site of the Greco-Roman Temple excarvation
Egypt's iconic spot as the cradle of ancient civilisations - where    emperors and gladiators used to proclaim supremacy - was again highlighted with fresh archaeological discovery of a Greco-Roman temple.
 The unearthed ruins, found in Egypt's Western Desert were announced by Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. Said to have been found at the

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Ogwu's solo in over three-decade-career captures 'Freedom' as a metaphor for human development

A painting titled Strength by Festus Ogwu

Festus Eyitemi Ogwu returns to the art exhibition circuit for his first solo, with the 'gospel' of creating an atmosphere of self- determination for all. A painter of deep impressionistic rendition, Ogwu who has over three decades of post-training practice to flaunt, shows a body of recent work simply titled Freedom, from April 6 - 19, 2018 at Moor House Hotel Ikyoi, Lagos Island. His art profession, which gives wider freedom of expression, the artist says, also inspired the theme of the art exhibition.
 With combined soft application of colour and and brightened surface, Ogwu's canvas emits quietness. Perhaps, the strength of Ogwu's visual communication skill lies in the way he allows his subject and space to dialogue,