From June 18 to 25, 2017, Adam and Eve will present The content, by leading contemporary artists Bruce Onobrakpeya, Kolade Oshinowo, Raqib Bashorun, Lekan Onabanjo, Duke Asidere, Tola Wewe, Alex Nwokolo, Zinno Orara and Fidelis Odogwu.
Curated by Lekan Onabanjo, the exhibition will feature paintings and sculptures. Orara’s works for the exhibition are The visionary, Fruitful and Dependable, while Oshinowo’s works are Maria and Owambe.
According to Modupe Ogunlesi, the founder of Adam and Eve, “the event is organised to attract both collectors and art enthusiasts from the Island and Mainland to savour some masterpieces by renowned artists.” “Lagos is stressful, no doubt about that. But, when you get to your house, you should be surrounded by things that make you feel happy no matter how the day has been. And when you settle down in your space, it must give you the feeling of satisfaction. That is the concept of the exhibition which is to marry functional art with fine art”.
“Each of the participating artists will be assigned to each department of the mall; kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom to show their works. This makes it more interesting, especially within the ambience of Adam and Eve, which will bring a new meaning to the works. The title, The content is reflective of the content of your home and office. This is the first we are organising but we hope to hold it twice a year. The exhibition will last for a week, and visitors will experience the heart of beauty that makes Adam and Eve’s the Garden of Eden, a peaceful atmosphere,” she added.
Bruce Onobrakpeya was born in 1932 in Agbarha-Otor in Delta State. He holds a Diploma from the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Zaria, Diploma in fine art from Goldsmiths College, London University, Arts Teacher’s Certificate (ATC) from the Institute of Education London University and received a Honourary Doctor of Letters from the University of Ibadan. Onobrakpeya is a renowned sculptor whose work comprises stylistic elements and compositions rooted in traditional African sculpture and decorative arts. He has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, including at the Tate Modern Gallery, London, National Museum of African Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., and Malmö Konsthall, Sweden.
Kolade Oshinowo was born in 1948 in Ibadan, and holds a Bachelor degree in fine art from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He engages with a wide range of issues and some of his work are a response to social as well as political problems. Oshinowo has featured his works in 20 solo and 80 group exhibitions. His works are included in several public as well as private collections nationally and internationally.
Duke Asidere was born in 1961 in Lagos. He holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in fine art from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Asidere’s work employs contemporary African politics. Through visual metaphors, the artist comments on the everyday human drama that surrounds him; political, social, psychological or cultural. Duke Asidere is well-exhibited in Nigeria and abroad and is a member of the Society of Nigerian Artists.
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