YUSUF GRILLO’S LESSONS IN VALUES AND DILIGENCE 

Even renowned for his lustrous achievements as he was in the art scene, Yusuf Grillo, who passed away four months shy of his 87th birthday, was a model of discipline and modesty, says Okechukwu Uwaezuoke  TRIBUTE Some called him a master. Many even eulogised him as a “master of masters”. But the man, who would have …

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EVOKING EMOTIONS THROUGH HIS VISUAL NARRATIVES, ALVIN UKPE STIRS UP DIALOGUES

Attesting to an intuitive understanding of the depth of field and his creative choice of subjects, Alvin Ukpe’s photographs, featured in his recent exhibition in Lagos, glow with promise, says Okechukwu Uwaezuoke PHOTOGRAPHY Solitude – Alvin Ukpe’s invitation to the local cognoscenti to explore the streams of consciousness seething beneath his still images – smacks of the …

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WITH DEJI OLUOKUN, CONTEMPORARY ART GOES MOTIVATIONAL…

EXHIBITION Okechukwu Uwaezuoke  There is something so hard to ignore about this wig-sporting glamour boy in the photograph. Really, few fashionistas would fail to be baited by his mafia-esque outfit – a black fedora hat and black suit jacket – which matches his gleaming ebony complexion. Besides, his seeming to back the viewer, while at the same …

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FOR NDIDI DIKE, THIS IS  WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN ARTIST IN TIMES OF DISTRESS

An ongoing solo exhibition in Lagos featuring recent installations by British-born leading Nigerian artist Ndidi Dike addresses issues bordering on the general lack of preparedness during the pandemic and the concurrent upheavals swirling around the excrescences of materialism. Okechukwu Uwaezuoke reports EXHIBITION A mixed-media installation holds court somewhere beyond the exhibition hall’s entranceway. It is, at first …

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