Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Bolanle Austen-Peters, Wizkid, Davido Make '50 Most Influential Nigerians' List

Bolanle Austen- Peters.
With three  professionals from the arts and culture sector on the list of 50   Nigerians whose activities in 2017 had influence on the country, the creative industry, again, stresses its relevance in building a strong nation.
 Published on Monday, February 12, 2018, 'BusinessDay 50 Most Influential Nigerians in 2017', include who is who in the political and economy sectors. Based in Lagos,, BusinessDay is one of the leading newspapers that monitor Nigeria's financial sectors.  
  Among such influencers listed are top business moguls like Aliko Dangote, a well-known industrialist and Africa's richest businessman;

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Wedlock Of Traditional, Contemporary Expressions In Williams’ Borderless Art

Sadiq Williams with some of his works in the background.
Across the landscape of visual cultural expressions, a quiet, but steadily growing young creative professional, Sadiq Williams, is making his presence felt. His fresh imprint on the city’s creative space combine traditional and contemporary expressions just as his art and design content generate critical and commercial appreciation, previewing futuristic appropriation of art.  
  From the background of architecture, Williams coalesces fine art, filmmaking, martial art, poetry and music writing. After his solo art exhibition titled

How Space Enriches Contents In Art Work 2018 Residency Show

Viewers at a section of the exhibits during the opening
A new curatorial design space with room dividers enhances what could be described as one of  the boldest visual expressions so far at the art exhibition-converted Kia Motor Showroom, Victoria Island, Lagos. The Saturday evening welcomes Lagos art enthusiasts to the opening of Art Work 2018, an Arthouse Residency group art exhibition that features paintings and mixed media by Francois Beaurain, Nengi Omuku, Kadara Enyeasi, Thierry Oussou, Jimmy Nwanne, Gloria Oyarzabal Lodge and Christian Newby.
After experimenting with a solo of U.S-based artist, Victor Ekpuk, three years ago, Arthouse Foundation expanded its residency to group participation.
  Last year, Tyna Adebowale, Jelili Atiku, Dipo Doherty and Olumide Onadipe were the beneficiaries of the Arthouse Foundation Residency who had a group exhibition under Art Work at the same Kia Showroom.
  In a Lagos art hub city where exhibition spaces are being expanded beyond the regular

Future Masters On Journey Of Self-Discovery

'Sleeping on Duty’ (acrylic on canvas) by Tolulope Mustapha
AS the burgeoning Nigerian art environment becomes more competitive, preparing young artists for the challenges of the future requires special attention. This much a new group, Jade Art has taken on, with artists who are mostly fresh from school.
  Last year, Jade Art, under the leadership of Ronke Jadesola, a former curator at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, made its debut on the Lagos scene with Manuscript, a group exhibition of masters in drawing skills. For Jade’s next outing, the future focus is on 10 young artists.
  With Journey of Self-Discovery as theme, the artists’ works in paintings, mixed media and sculptures will be on display from February 24 - March 4, 2018 at Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos.  Jadesola predicted that the gathering

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Prof Akinwunmi Isola (1939 -2018)

Prof Akinwunmi Isola
Another Nigerian playwright icon, Prof Akinwunmi Isola died today, just about eight months after the country lost Adebayo Faleti.
  A source close to Isola's family said said the playwright had been "battling with illness for quite a while."
One of his works adapted for film of the same title, O Le Ku in 1997 was produced by Tunde Kelani's Mainframe Film and Television Production.
  Isola wrote what has been recorded as his first play, 'Efunsetan Aniwura', (1961 and 1962) when he was a student at the University of Ibadan.
 Born in Ibadan,1939, Isola was

Argungu Tribute To Oshinowo, Teachers of Masters

The Way We Are-4 ( OIL ON CANVAS, 20'' X 19'')
It's sheer boldness to keep painting and showing a single thematic series for as long as over four years. In fact, Moses Oghagbon's Argungu Series, currently in its seventh edition, has been defiant in an art environment such as Nigeria's. In this part of the world, a section of the country's art critics would odiously derogate Oghagbon as belonging to 'repetitive theme-artists.'

 Beyond the emotion germinated from the seeds of repugnant art critics, the reality is that it takes strong intellectuality for an artist to self-encircle his theme within a confinement, yet, remains obstinate for as long as he wants. Either in

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Waiting For Watercolour Masters At 'The Content'

Sam Ovraiti’s ‘We Are So Many We are of One Mind. Why Are We So Different?
In its third of the series titled The Conten - Spring Edition, within one year, the organisers, Adam&Eve, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, is showing the seven artists as watercolour masters from April 1 - 30, 2018. Adam&Eve started the series mid-2017 with The Content and later showed The Content - Harmattan Edition at the same venue later in the year.  
 Olu Ajayi, Ini Brown, Tayo Adenaike, Sam Ovraiti, Lekan Onabanjo, Kehinde Sanwo and Victor Obasuyi are the master watercolourists of The Content -Spring Edition show. 
  The exhibitions are aimed