Covers and Contours

Covers and Contours

Quintessence Gallery in collaboration with Mansard Place presents Covers and Contours by leading contemporary artists Polly Alakija, Adeola Balogun, Promise O’nali, Chika Idu, Diseye Tantua, Omoligho Udenta and Godwin Ekhanemeh, which is currently ongoing till June 30, 2017. Many of the works are city inspired and the artists have explored new techniques to express themselves.

Polly Alakija was born in 1966 in Malvern, Worcestershire. Her work as a designer, artist as well as an illustrator, educator and social activist has distinguished her in the eyes of the local and international community; the artist’s heart for people, allows her to relate with all ethnic groups and social classes. Alakija’s deep commitment to social justice and human right alongside showcasing the wealth of African culture shines through in all her work. She has had several exhibitions, including in the United Kingdom, France, Nigeria and South Africa. Her works is included in a number of private and corporate collections.

Godwin Ekhanemeh features some unconventional furniture along with his sculptural pieces. The organisation of interior space is apparent in his sculpture and furniture. You find an answer in your desire to find an opportunity of improving your home.

Omoligho Udenta was born in 1968. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in industrial design from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, a masters degree in art history from the University of Lagos and is currently pursuing a PhD in Industrial Design from her alma mater. Udenta engages the optical effect of light and colour to create subtle meticulous works of art that reference our natural phenomena.

Promise O’nali holds a bachelor degree in art from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He has gone through various stages of incubation during his formative years, and has always been driven by brutal force of visual reality and communication. Now that O’nali has opened himself up to the public, we are seeing abstract works that speak to us and provoke various questions about life and existence.

Adeola Balogun was born in 1966 in Ogun state, Nigeria. He holds a higher diploma from the Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos, and a master of fine art degree from the University of Benin, Edo State. The artist applies his work to engage subjects as diverse as politics, nature, humanity and survival via exploration of numerous available and unusual materials serving as his vehicle of interrogation in a multiple layered format. But this time, Horse power ii; Latent energy and Strive to Remain Grounded, engage us differently, encouraging us to appreciate our used materials that are transformed. Balogun has featured his works in a number of exhibitions in Nigeria and internationally.

Chika Idu was born in 1974 in Delta State, Nigeria. He holds a diploma in painting from the Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State. Idu loves children and explores swimming as a sport to exert energy. He gives us a view of what the underwater is all about. He has featured in a number of exhibitions.

Diseye Tantua was born in 1974 in Amassoma, Bayelsa State, and holds a bachelor degree in fine and applied‎ art, Ignatius Ajulu University, Port Harcourt. He engages us with his pop-art in his work, drawing inspiration from the traditional proverbs. Tantu has exhibited extensively in Nigeria and internationally.


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