20 Mar Constantly Restless- Bruce Onobrakpeya.

Bruce Onobrakpeya’s perpetual restlessness is evident in these rare totems. These sculptures embody his unyielding curiosity, profound insights, and talent for integrating ideas from different eras. The idea was originally conceived as representations within the etching, ‘Good governance,’ which employed an array of pre-colonial era sculptural totems to pay homage to the ideals of strength

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21 Feb The Young women’s league by Ben Osaghae

This artwork has many elements of Osaghae’s  style  –  movement, colour,  figures existing at the margins of the artwork, minimalist strokes…His canvases rarely had superfluous elements. Every stroke contributed to the story. By the time this artwork was created in 1999, he was on a steady journey towards a more minimalist expression of his ideas.

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07 Dec Muraina Oyelami

We have recently received a fascinating collection of Muraina Oyelami artworks from the late 60s and early 70s. These early artworks represent a crucial phase in his artistic journey, showcasing his masterful grasp of colour, nuance, and human emotion. Oyelami emerged as a key figure in the Oshogbo School of Art during the late 1960s

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19 Oct Bruce Onobrakpeya Exhibition

Onobrakpeya is arguably, Africa’s most significant living artist and it is our pleasure to  present these  rare deep etching artworks. The artworks present his journey over two decades from 1960 to 1977. They also present our cultural evolution in that time and his role in shaping this evolution. We hope you can join us for

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19 Sep Different Expressions

‘Hairdo’ by Sam Ovraiti and ‘Beloved’ by Maxwell Boadi Two very different styles.One is so gentle it eases your soul. Ovraiti, a master of the subtle gesture, creates a painting that melds the women and their background, creating a rich, mellow interaction. Boadi’s Father figure is aggressive and bold dominating the picture with his desire.

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14 Jul Ablade Glover.  The scholarship to the UK. 1964

Excerpt from ‘Crowds & Queens – The Art of Ablade Glover’ by Dozie Igweze Shirley Du Bois Shirley Du Bois was, at the time, one of the most influential people in Ghana. She was the head of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, a close confidante of Kwame Nkrumah and the wife of the African American activist,

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25 Mar Fresh – Gani Odutokun

Gani Odutokun worked and exhibited, mainly, in the eighties and early nineties. He studied art at Ahmadu Bello University and went on to lecture there. He was at the forefront of a new generation of post-independence artists. He was intellectual, bold and curious – rooted in a philosophical approach, while constantly evolving. His artworks were

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16 Mar Justus Kyalo – Dance and Emotion

Justus Kyalo is Kenyan. He lives and works in Nairobi. Living in Kenya and being Kenyan locates his work and contextualizes it, at least, in a historical sense. But not really. Kyalo in his artistic expression does not see himself as Kenyan, or African. He is simply human – of the world. And an artist.

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21 Feb Spirits in Flight – The Art of Peter Elungat

‘Every artwork is a story about the artist’, Elungat tells me. ‘In every artwork the artist puts himself naked on a podium for viewers to inspect’. This may not be true for all artists, but it is certainly true for Elungat. We’re looking at an early artwork of his. In the painting, a bird soars

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22 Dec 5 Things About ”The Passage Of Time” Exhibition

No. 5 Words We did a book on Professor Glover. He loved it. The idea was to have a book that presents his art and his life; a book that gives artists, collectors – everyone really – an insight into the events that shaped the artist. The exhibition ended on the 19th of December, 2022.

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14 Dec 5 Things About ”The Passage Of Time” Exhibition

No. 3. Stories You. The artwork. The artist’s story. Your story. The artist presents the artwork. But that’s not the end of the story. There’s also your story – your ideas about life, color, images… Your relationship with the artwork is a unique story. It’s been fascinating to see how viewers have interacted with Ablade Glover’s

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08 Dec 5 Things About ”The Passage Of Time” Exhibition

No. 2. GreatnessProfessor Glover talked about his life and his experiences during the press interviews before the exhibition opening. He also spoke briefly during the exhibition. To listen to him is to understand that greatness isn’t manufactured overnight. His greatness comes from talent. But also from diligence, perseverance and toil. Fifty decades of consistent hard

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07 Dec 5 Things About ”The Passage Of Time” Exhibition

No 1. Space.We wanted to create the right space to unfurl the amazing artistic journey of the great artist, Ablade Glover. We wanted you to walk in, feel the breadth of his art, but also feel the inter-connectedness of the artworks. We wanted to take you on a tour of the artist’s life – Accra markets,

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09 Nov Rhythm and Flow: ‘The Conference’ by Kolade Oshinowo

By 1975, the most popular artworks from Oshinowo, were the landscapes detailing Lagos,Abeokuta and many other states.But there was the abstract side of Oshinowo, like this mixed media artwork titled, TheConference. In ‘The Conference’, lines replaced colour, creating movement and tension across thesurface of the artwork. It’s a dynamic, adventurous artwork that presents another aspect of

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01 Nov Ben Osaghae’s ‘I Beta Pass My Neighbor’

The artwork presents two aspects of Osaghae. There is his movement towards a minimalist style that required the viewer to participate mentally in order to understand and enjoy the artwork. Then there is his understanding of symbolism – an ability to appreciate the symbols that define our times. In this artwork, it is the small,

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01 Nov Four Drawings by Ben Enwonwu.

We are presenting 4 drawings by Ben Enwonwu at the gallery.The drawings span a period between 1946 and 1970, and were probably preliminary sketches for sculptures and paintings – a visual diary. They are an interesting insight into Enwonwu’s work methods, as well as, historically important documents about one of Africa’s most significant artists.

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20 Oct A profile and a terrain

Like many Ablade Glover artworks, there are multiple layers to this piece. There is the elegant profile – the strong, resilient, graceful African queen. Then there is the amazing use of movement, colour and layering to create a visually compelling multi-layered canvas. It feels like a vast terrain – hills, crevices, valleys. There’s so much

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13 Oct Obi Ekwenchi’s art

Obi Ekwenchi’s artworks have always had a magical quality, probably because of his nuanced colours.He has always been able to present the subjects in his artworks with warmth, compassion, and a certain dignity. Ekwenchi was born in 1959. He studied Fine and Applied Arts at the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu and got

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