Sunday, 23 April 2017

New Dawn At Work For Arthouse Artists

By Tajudeen Sowole
 A reassessment of the urban environment, within the context of social and economic value, was the focus when Tyna Adebowale, Jelili Atiku, Dipo Doherty and Olumide Onadipe emerged from a group residency programme. The four artists are the first, as group beneficiaries of Arthouse Foundation Residency, which started two years ago with U.S-based artist, Victor Ekpuk.
Installation titled Conversation With Self by Olumide Onadipe

Supported by Kia Motors and Absolut, proceeds from the residency were shown as a group exhibition titled At Work, inside Kia Showroom, Victoria Island, Lagos.
  A few days after the exhibition's formal opening, a visit revealed how the group of artists strengthened the emerging energy of contemporary art in Lagos. Mounted on the floor, almost

For Let’s Talk About It, Gakunga fusses native contents, contemporary process

By Tajudeen Sowole

From discarded sheet of metals, Kenyan artist, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga generates a form of art that goes through scientific process as well as injects native Swahili culture into contemporary African art.
One of the works from by Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga

 With such profound melting point for art and science, Gakunga assembles    a new body of sculpture titled Tushauriane – Let’s Talk About It, which shows from May 18 – July 29, 2017, at October Gallery, London, U.K.

  Based inTexas, U.S, Gakunga who is returning to London for her second solo art exhibition,  will be showing what has been described as “predominantly wall-hanging sculptures ingeniously created from

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Nollywood actor, Bakare dies

Nollywood, this morning, lost one of Yoruba film industry’s prominent actors, Olumide Bakare, aged 65. The actor who became famous from a TV series, Oluwa Langbe Lodge, was said to have passed on after a protracted illness.  
  “He had a successful surgery and after the surgery, he talked to people and told
Olumide Bakare
them he was fine. But two hours later, he passed on. It is very painful because I had actually been wishing him a quick recovery,” said Mufu Onifade, a member of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP).  “Bakare is someone who was a hundred percent committed to the theatre profession. He started on stage and then from there, went on TV, did radio and then film which was where he settled.”

 The actor was reported to have suffered from cardiac arrest few months ago.

Tantua Goes S’Art in Lagos

Known as the face of Pop Art in Nigeria, a Port Harcourt-based artist, Diseye Tantua returns to the art exhibition circuit with a solo, S’Art, showing from today – May 6, 2017 at Kia Motor Showroom, Victoria Island, Lagos.

  Organised by Arthouse-The Space, the exhibition, according to a curatorial statement combines graphic symbols, bold colours and expressive text. “His drawings are based on traditional proverbs that are made popular by headboards and bumper stickers on buses, taxis, tricycles and street signs. Tantua focuses on social groups in urban spaces, often depicting forms of transit and movement,” the curatorial note states. “These scenes are overlaid

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Barkley Leonard Hendricks (April 16, 1945 – April 18, 2017

Barkley Leonard Hendricks with his famous painting What's Going On in the background

Between music and painting, there exists a brotherly connection, so suggests Marvin Gaye's 1971 song What’s Going On and artist, Barkley L. Hendricks. The artist was regarded as lending his brush strokes to give Gaye's music a painterly lift.
  Sadly, on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Hendricks died, aged 72. How did Gaye music and Hendricks' painting

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

In 21st Century Art Explosion, No Longer Ignoring Africa

The first two decades of 21st Century, which is flexing muscles of fresh art (in Re-Renaissance?) across the world is no doubt being flavoured  by the presence of Africa. It's a changing narrative that doubters of Africa's influence on nineteenth/twentieth century European art would not be able to deny in the unfolding global artholic.
Art Paris Art Fair 1017
  Presence of art from Africa at major events across the world in the last one month has confirmed that indeed, artists of African descents are gradually gaining well-deserved recognition on the global space. The last few weeks, which had African artists shown in Paris, France and Beijing, China appeared very encouraging.

 These two recent events added to the impressive showing of African artists at Art Dubai four weeks ago.

 Reports from Art Paris Art Fair 2017, indicate that contemporary African art was

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Fasuyi Legacy at 82

Tomorrow, art professionals, in Nigeria, from both the academia and mainstream practice will join Octogenarian artist and educationist, Timothy Adebanjo Fasuyi in celebrating an enduring Legacy of art. Fasuyi was Arts Adviser to the Federal Government in the early 1970s.
Timothy Adebanjo Fasuy

 The week-long art activities, which celebrates Fasuyi’s 82nd birthday starts on Monday April 17 with an art exhibition titled Retrospective Sixty Years of Easel Experience at Tafas Legacy Gallery, Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja Lagos. The exhibition features 82 works of Fasuyi, which date back to his  school days in 1957. The modernist explained that the selected “are from 120 works” in his personal collection.

  Fasuyi was among the first set of Fine Art graduates from what is now Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

  Two years ago, when he turned 80, Fasuyi showed 80 pieces of paintings, proceeds of which he said was going as donation to Federal