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A professional artist and a trained Mass Communicator was born on the 7th of February, 1976 in Nigeria. He is a self trained Artist tolu's picturein all respect, borne out of the love for the arts and that innate desire to express himself.
He began to exhibit steadily and his works continue to gain recognition amongst top Art galleries and notable art collectors in his home country Nigeria, while a number of international galleries have shown interest in his paintings.

Tolu Aliki works in several media, but with a flair for Oil Pastel. Most of his works have found its greatest expression when addressing the concept of passion-Love, Music, family and everyday social interactions.
His works exhibit a high standard of understanding and application of colours, depth of content and aesthetic beauty. The uniqueness and originality of his works gave them the flair and authenticity no art lover could resist.

He stated that “My paintings are manifestation of my pride for my African background. I paint in vibrant colours, most times using my favourite medium, oil Pastel, to tell the stories of social life and culture in the black African continent.”

Usually, He renders human figures in a unique stylized form, often times they are sensuous, meditative and elegantly dressed. Withtolu 3 this, He tries to capture deep emotion..the joy , the trial, and the hope of the African people in interesting classic subject matters.

I feel it is important to share this enriching experience with fellow Africans, as well for people living in other continent to learn what it is like to be an African.

With my art, I intend to create a positive impact on those who come in contact with, or collect my works by enriching their spirit, and also to continue to make my works a great asset to art collectors around the world.
He lives in Lagos where he continues to paint in his private studio.
He is a member of the Society Of Nigerian Artist (SNA), Visual Artists Society Of Nigeria(VASON) and The Artzero Group.

 

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From the science of creating art through machine, Kelani Abass takes a painterly journey into the relationship between an artist kelani abass's pictureand his tool of mass reproduction.
This creative journey in the career of young Abass has a connection to his early exposure to the printing press, as a kid. Still in contact with the printing industry, almost on a daily basis, his thoughts form the body of work for his second solo show titled, Man and Machine, held at Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Having established figural and representational identity, particularly in pastel, the theme of this show, one expected should avail Abass a chance to affirm this form. However, the artist makes an almost 360 degree turn as most of the works, particularly the machine-related ones, float in a different realm.

For example in Man and Machine (Synergy), a triptych of newsprint, acrylic, charcoal on canvas, the human content is obscured in sprockets and wheels-dominated composition.
Kelani explains that the theme is derived “from experiences in my father’s printing press where I worked for years as a machine kelani 3operator before gaining admission to study art, formally in 2002.”

He notes, “it is fascinating to observe the way machines operate as different parts to achieve a common goal.”

He is an artist whose strength, among others, is in dissolving and fusing images, sometimes in surreal- form, the skill Abass employs in the work that won him the first prize at the Lagos Black Heritage Festival Painting Competition’s Lagos, City of A Thousand Masks, hovers over Man and Machine. This, he exudes in such works as Illusion IV and Man and Machine II.

 

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Professor folarin attended Yaba College of Technology between 1955 and 1958; Regent Street Polytechnic, London, 1961 – 1962; agbo's pictureCentral School of Arts and Design, London, Howard University, Washington, D.C. He holds a double Masters degrees in both sculpture and architecture.

 

He started his professional career as a graphic artist with the Federal Ministry of Information, Lagos in 1959 before joining the Western Nigerian Television Corporation as a set designer with Nottingham Playhouse, England and later returned to Nigeria to take up appointment at the then University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, as a Junior Research Fellow in 1966. He is currently a Professor of Sculpture and Architecture in the University.

 

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Joe Amenechi is an internationally renowned artist who has crafted his skills over a period of two decades. His major works have beenjoe 3 displayed in major exhibitions in England, Scotland, Netherlands, Israel, South Africa, Senegal and Nigeria. Many of his works are held in private collections all over the globe. His works are influenced by the great traditional African motifs derived from the legendary Nok, Ife, Benin, Igbo, and Yoruba kingdoms. His mentor is world renowned artist, Bruce Onobrakpeya. Joe’s works, in whatever medium, is critically acclaimed for his compositional ability, intricacy of form, and attention to detail.

 

 

Statement:“My overwhelming motives are to preserve the traditional features of our ancestors. For this reason my artistic expression relies heavily on images and symbols or seemingly fetish objects of our Ancestors. I experiment with printing techniques, prints drawn from engravings on epoxy built on zinc plates, printing on paper by intaglio methods, aluminum foil used to draw out the image from an engraved epoxy plate and painted metal foil embosses on low relief designs. I also experiment with watercolor, oil, emulsion paints and sand. my artistic expression relies heavily on the images and symbols of my ancestors as well as the realities of today’s urban Africa.”

 

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Ato had been an independent studio artist since 1991, practicing as a sculptor and a potter with special interest in ato's pictureportrait sculptures and statues. His grasp for forms attest to his skills particularly in handling figural sculptures. Born in Mushin, Lagos in the mid 60’s, he began his professional training in Federal Polytechnic Oko in 1986 where he obtained the Ordinary National Diploma under the tutelage of Chike Ebebe. The ceramist of the Aka Circle of Exhibiting Artist. He completed his higher education at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, between 1989 and 1991 and majored in sculpture.

 



Ato had participated in many exhibitions in Nigeria and abroad, with many sculpture commissions to his credit, such as the Bust of the first president of Nigeria Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe which he executed in the year 2000, a collaborative project with Chike Oyenka at his studio in Onitsha. He was a recipient of the Solidra Award for Sculpture and Pottery in 2002 and in 2008 was awarded the Society Nigerian Artist(Lagos State Chapter) -Distinguished Artist Award.

 
Ato Arinze is one artist who is gradually introducing a unique style in the aspect of ceramics, although he majored in Ato 1sculpture, he has succeeded in elevating the act of pottery to an enviable status.” “The art of sculpture demands simplicity and I found simplicity more in human figures. Mostly, people appreciate what they can identify with. Figures are the best way to communicate one’s ideas.”
-Ato Arinze