From August 26 to 31, 2017, RoadChef Café, Lagos will present Art Around, a group exhibition of paintings by contemporary Nigerian artists Bolaji Ogunwo, Dotun Makun and Greg Onyeka. The exhibition features their varied styles, techniques and choice media of oil and acrylic on canvas.
Art Around is art borne out of the traditional gallery spaces with the aim of making art appreciation accessible to art lovers, enthusiasts as well as everyone.
Bolaji Ogunwo was born in 1978 in Isolo, Lagos where he currently lives. Majorly a portraitist, he earned his first degree in art with a specialty in painting from the University of Benin. He also holds a MA in painting from the University of Lagos and is currently a PhD research scholar and lecturer in painting at the Department of Creative Arts, at the same institution. Till date, he has participated in over 30 local and international exhibitions.
Dotun Makun is a painter from Ondo State, Nigeria, and is currently based in Lagos, Nigeria. He graduated with a Master in Fine Art degree from Rhodes University in 2011 where he majored in painting and participated in the Visual and Performing Arts of Africa research group. His MFA exhibition, ALIEN-Nation (2011), explored themes of xenophobia, foreignness, alienation and stereotypes, as well as the complexities of the Nigerian diaspora. The process of working in a traditional studio portrait was integral to Makun’s work in this particular exhibition.
Onyeka Greg is a graduate of the University of Lagos, where he studied creative arts and specialised in painting. He has practised as a full-time studio artist for over ten years, with his recent work revolving around abstract themes. He has participated in many exhibitions and his art is in significant collections in Nigeria and abroad.
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