Duke Asidere: The Artist and His Muse

Duke Asidere: The Artist and His Muse

From November 29 to December 20, Omenka Gallery will present Duke Asidere: The Artist and His Muse, an exhibition of recent work by leading contemporary artist, Duke Asidere, one of the most exciting artists working in Nigeria today.

Duke Asidere is an integral part of a group of artists working in Nigeria today leading a revival of painting—a medium several critics and scholars alike consider a dead form of artistic expression. he adores women and paints them out of a deep desire to identify with their strength of character.

This solo exhibition investigates in contemporary times, the once legendary and sexually intimate artist/muse relationship. it is an examination of an aspect of Asidere’s broad oeuvre—a culmination of a long appreciation for women, above all his mother and chief muse, who remains his most important influence; his obsession and idea of ideal beauty and love. He interprets and celebrates her virtues in these paintings of his several models. His artistic journey becoming a challenge against the objectification and sexual exploitation of women while offering a critique of patriarchal societies and advancing several questions regarding the meaning of contemporary beauty.


Oliver Enwonwu is founder and Editor-in-Chief of Omenka magazine, Director, Omenka Gallery and Chief Executive, Revilo. He holds a first degree in Biochemistry, advanced diploma in Exploration Geophysics (distinction), Post Graduate Diplomas in Applied Geophysics and Visual Art (distinction) and a Masters in Art History, all from the University of Lagos. He is the founder, Executive Director, and trustee of The Ben Enwonwu Foundation. He also sits on the board of several organizations including the National Gallery of Art, Nigeria and the Reproduction Rights Society of Nigeria. Enwonwu is also president of both the Society of Nigerian Artists and the Alliance of Nigerian Art Galleries.


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