We’re exhibiting drawings from The Ben Osaghae Memorial Drawing workshop organised by The Guild of Fine Artists and Hourglass Gallery. The drawings are by Abiodun Olaku , Abraham Uyovbisere, Aimufia Osagie, Alex Nwokolo , Ben Ibebe, Bimbo Adenugba, Bunmi Babatunde, Diseye Tantua, Duke Asidere, Edosa Ogiugo, Fidelis Odogwu, Gbenga Offo, George Edozie, Gerry Nnubia, Joshua Nmesirionye, Juliet Ezenwa, Norbert Okpu, Olu Ajayi, Sam Ebohon, Tayo Quaye, Tola Wewe. Exhibition opens
We hoped it wouldn’t rain, but it turned out be one of those very rainy mornings. Maybe we should postpone till the next day, I thought. I called Duke Asidere. He was already on third Mainland Bridge. Postpone? He wasn’t having any of that. ‘We are holding the workshop even if the world is coming
Ato Delaquis has always been fascinated by the confluence of Western ideas and indigenous African ideas. The confluence and conflict play out in many aspects of African societies – religion, design, technology, fashion … He has often explored some of these fusions and contradictions in his art. The artwork ‘Morris, Austin and Bedford’ is presented
Duke Asidere has always been autobiographical in his paintings and the titling of his artworks. These titles may sometimes seem misleading and at odds with the artwork itself. In the truth. sometimes there is no direct connection. He paints spontaneously, with very little planning. He simply bares his soul on canvas. This purgation involves rote
Bruce Onobrakpeya has recently started to explore some of his earlier Christian-themed artworks. The first of this series is ‘Ore ri Canaan’. He had earlier explored this artwork as a deep etching on paper in 1982. Its present incarnation is as an utterly magnificent metal foil artwork. ‘Ore Ri Canaan’, explores the turning of water
It’s hard to imagine how Ablade Glover’s energetic, almost aggressive attacks on his canvas might translate to paper. Many of the elements of his art – the layering of colour, the chaos of paint, the fluid inter-connection between colours – seem to suggest that his art is suited for oil, rather than pencil, or charcoal
The strongest trees grow and flourish through the years.We wish you the strength, grace and endurance to flourish in the new year.
We’ve opened a framing section.Now you can get some really amazing frames for your artworks. Acid-free tapes, high-end mount boards, quality wood frames, water-resistant backboards…We’re ensuring your artworks get museum quality treatment.
On Monday and Tuesday, the 13th and 14th of September, members of the Guild of Fine Artists (GFA) came by the gallery for a 2-day freestyle drawing workshop to remember the wonderful Ben Osaghae – who was a member of the guild, a member of the Hourglass family in his lifetime and one of the best of
Ben Enwonwu was a sculptor. Period. Well, also a painter. But his genius was as a sculptor. In his painting he certainly applied his skill, intelligence, and philosophy to create era defining artworks. But in his sculptures, he brought a bit more. He brought all these things and the spirit, wisdom and vitality of his
For Jimoh Bola Akolo, the choice was simple. It was between the pursuit of ideology and the ideals of the actual art practice. So, he chose the latter. Thus, he was said to have ended his membership of the Zaria Art Society – “for personal reasons” – after only three months. For the record, the
Abiodun Olaku is, in some sense, an embodiment of Yussuf Grillo and Kolade Oshinowo. Not stylistically. He evolved his own unique art sensibility decades ago and has continued in that direction. His path has proved so alluring that it has attracted imitators, students, followers… His brand of realism has opened our eyes to the beauty
There’s something about the big blue bus that engulfs and almost overwhelms the painting, ‘Leaving Jamestown’ by Nii T. Mills. The bus is a cavernous, imposing presence. As if there’s a whole other world happening inside it. And then there’s the boy, clutching his bag tightly, slightly slumped, broken by life but still optimistic… but
Perhaps, the bronze bust of a grim-faced young lady, sporting a threaded plaited hairstyle, only tangentially alludes to the zeitgeist. But with the 1964 sculpture, titled “Nigerian Girl”, Isiaka Adams Osunde earned his stripes for stunningly reenacting a period-specific trend for posterity. So much may, in any case, have changed since the Edo State-born and Lagos-raised
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From the 11th to the 13th of December we’ll be hosting a GFA salon at the gallery.
If you like the art of Duke Asidere, Abiodun Olaku, Alex Nwokolo, Ben Ibebe…then you’re in for quite the treat.
Bunmi Babatunde and Patrick Agose are both master sculptors at the universal studio in Lagos. Babatunde has exhibited extensively and is well-known in art circles for his graceful sculptures. His sculptures have evolved over the years from the early, elegant sculptures that presented his forms as ideas rooted in African sculptural tradition and influenced by
Ogwuashi-Uku July 24, 2004 Duke Asidere’s bags are packed. Everything he needs is in his Nissan Micra car. It’s a tiny, brown car, slightly beat-up but reliable. He gets in, turns on the ignition and begins his journey to Ogwuashi-Uku. He’d just agreed to take a teaching position in the art department of Delta State
Kolade Oshinowo created the artwork ‘The conference’ in 1975. In the seventies and eighties, he experimented with abstract, mixed media artworks. These abstract artworks were a marked deviation from the landscapes and figurative artworks he was known for at the time. The abstract pieces, like ‘The conference’ present a more adventurous side of the great
We hope you’re keeping safe. Unfortunately, we can’t have exhibitions at the gallery at the moment. But that doesn’t mean we can’t present interesting artworks to you. So, we’ll be sending you a series of themed show reels. The first, ‘No Distance’ is a look back at the time before social distancing using the artworks of