Sunday, 22 January 2017

Osaghae... A Pseudo-mimimalist's Strokes Stop

BEN Osaghae (1962 - 2017) died as an artist whose strokes on canvas would be remembered, as radiating pseudo-minimalism aura. Sources from colleagues disclosed that Osaghae was found dead inside his Egbeda home, Alimosho Local Government, Lagos, on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Ben Osaghae (1962 - 2017
Trained at Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State, Osaghae, perhaps did not realise early enough that there was so much potential in him to excel outside the academia until 22 years after training. As one of the Nigerian artists who lived their careers strictly in studio practice, Osaghae has left behind a legacy of professionalism in visual arts. In fact, the contemporary Lagos art scene has a memorable spot in history for Osaghae as a ‘Colourist’.

  However, the artist in Osaghae had a mix of complexity and public misunderstanding of what he stood for. Probing into his views - across artistic expression and professional conduct - a chat with him in October 2008 exposed an artist who had a penchant

Arueyingho's Step Ahead In Painting, Print

By Tajudeen Sowole

 Whatever level of control man has over unseen spiritual or metaphysics guidance in a given journey, may not be exactly known to science and spiritualists. But for artist, Geoffrey Arueyingho, who just had his second solo art exhibition, titled A Step Ahead at National Gallery of Art (NGA), Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State, the joy of berthing at a creative coast was worth the trajectory of a challenging journey.
A Painting titled Things That Make Us Weep by Arueyingho
When the artist had his first solo, Early Search, at the same venue last year, the focus was a stretched retrospective that celebrated resilient traditional form of art. More importantly, the exhibition soon served the dual process of an artist's expression, as well as documenting pre-digital medium of design-related art.

  For A Step Ahead, expressed in Prints and Paintings, there seems to be more specifics, perhaps precision of rendition. An artist in progression from a period of searching is not in doubt with quite a number of paintings

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Olayode makes debut solo with Permutations

From Minday, January 23 to March 4, 2017,  Tayo Olayode, will open the Wheatbaker’s 2017 Art Program with Permutations, an exhibition showcasing 38 mixed media artworks. 

Tayo Olayode in front of one of his works during a preview.

 The body of work has been years in the making, as Olayode, an award winning artist who has taken part in group exhibitions in Ghana, Kenya, USA, Britain, Dubai, and Canada finally presents his first solo-exhibition in Nigeria.
  Olayode, who graduated from Ahmadu Bello University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art in 2000, presents

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation (BOF) Honoured Art Critics

As preparation towards the 19 th edition of Harmattan Workshop at Agbarha-Otor, Delta State,
Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation (BOF), yesterday, at its office in Lagos gave awards to three art critics. The award 'Critics In Agbarha-Otor' was given to Ozolua Uhakheme (The Nation), Tajudeen Sowole (The Guardian) and Okechukwu Uwazuoke (ThisDay). 
Ozolua Uhakheme (The Nation Newspapers), receiving his award from Dr Bruce Onobrakpeya during the ceremon

Tajudeen Sowole (The Guardian Newspapers), receiving his award from Dr Onobrakpeya during the ceremony.

Okechukwu Uwazuoke (Thisday Newspapers), receiving his award from Dr Bruce Onobrakpeya during the ceremony.

Knighthood Of New Dawn For African Diaspora Creativity

By Takudeen Sowole

When the prestigious knighthood by the Queen of England holds in June this year, two Africans whose works in art and design are highly revered, globally, would assert the importance of Africa on the world's contemporary creative landscape. Nigerian-British artist, Chris Ofili and his Ghanaian counterpart, architect David Adjaye, also based in the U.K are on the list of the Queens’s knighthood honours, an event that marks the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.  
Yoruba sculpture-inspired design of National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, U.S.

Adjaye, whose works in public spaces across the world are well known crowns his revered spot in architecture as the lead architect of the newly opened Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture  in Washington D.C, U.S.  Ofili, a Turner prize-winning artist who has worked with the architect on the Nobel Peace Centre

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Celebrating Five Decades of Osogbo Art Movement

By Tajudeen Sowole

As deeply academic as art, to a large extent, is currently in Nigeria, the revered spot of informal contribution cannot be discounted. Among such revered non-academic space in the practice of art is what the creative sector's vocabulary is regarded Osogbo school of art.

Chief Muraina Oyelami, a first generation of Osogbo artists.
Five decades on, Osogbo art, which has produced quite an army of masters as well as excavated great native potentials in creative enterprise is rolling out the drums to celebrate a golden period. In the forefront of the 50 years of Osogbo Art Celebration are Chiefs Jimoh Buraimoh and Muraina Oyelami. Basically being celebrated with art exhibitions in two cities, the 50 years mark is sponsored and organised by Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU) Osogbo. The exhibitions start with

When Anambra Festival Honoured Creative Professionals

Uzoma Nzeagwu – Awka.

The 4th Anambra Book and creativity festival (ANBUKRAFT) held in Awka, Anambra State was dedicated to the memory of Christopher Okigbo and Uche Okeke. Organized by the Anambra Book and creativity Network, the event featured presentation by prominent artists, educationist, writers, publishers, literacy and art critics, craft makers, actors and poets, as well as exhibition of books, art and crafts.
Hon Bob-Manuel Udokwu (left) receiving his award from  Festival Director, Prof Chuu Krydz Ikwuemesi

 Awardees at the event included Prof. Benjamin Chukwuma(vice chancellor UNN), Dr Ferdinand Anikwe(DG CBAAC), Prof. Stella C, Okunna (Dean faculty of social sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.); Greg Mbajiorgu, Tajudeen Sowole (The Guardian Newspapers), Hon Bob-Manuel Udokwu, Moses Ohiomokhare, HRH Igwe A.I, Ofuebe(Ogidiga of Ifite Ogwari), Hon Ifeanyi Aniagoh, Chukwudi Udoye, Chinyere Odinukwe, Chukwudi  Ike-Okoye and Titus Aborate.

  The Festival Director, Prof Chuu Krydz Ikwuemesi in his speech expressed concern