DISEYE TANTUA AND THE PRECEPTS OF URBAN LIFE

In his recent solo exhibition, the multi-talented Nigeria’s leading pop artist, Diseye Tantua, directs his audience’s gaze to hitherto-ignored nuggets of life at street level, without resorting to incendiary rants. Okechukwu Uwaezuoke reports ART-LOGUE Of course, there is so much that is engaging about the solo exhibition. But the real success of Diseye Tantua’s Highway Preachers rather …

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MR DANFO AND HIS SKETCHY IMPRESSIONS OF LAGOS STREET STORIES 

With an exhibition nourished by his fixation on his everyday struggles as a Lagosian, the Delta State-born artist Seidougha Linus Eyimiegha – a. k. a. Mr Danfo – celebrates the city’s ordinary people, says Okechukwu Uwaezuoke ARTLOGUE There is indeed a Lagos dream. It’s a dream that, like a magnet, never ceases to attract thousands in …

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INITIATING A CONVERSATION BETWEEN TWO GENERATIONS, OLIVER ENWONWU KEEPS IT IN THE FAMILY

Through his paintings, Oliver Enwonwu projects an idealistic image of the African and, referencing the same themes as his late dad, hopes to dispel the negative Western stereotypes of the black man. Okechukwu Uwaezuoke writes ART-LOGUE An oil painting of an Obitun dancer… That is what Oliver Enwonwu calls his first painting. But that is not entirely …

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PRIMED FOR SUCCESS, MICHAEL IGWE STOMPS ONTO THE GLOBAL STAGE

All eyes are on the young emerging Nigerian artist, Michael Igwe, who is featured as the only artist in Rele Gallery-powered first-ever Nigerian presence in Art Basel. Okechukwu Uwaezuoke reports ART-LOGUE   That has to be a human figure in the painting. At the moment, it doesn’t appear to matter if it’s male or female. It is virtually …

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FOR JIMOH AKOLO, AN UNSUNG HERO, HERE IS ONE WAY TO ROLL OUT THE DRUMS

There are other reasons, besides his brief connection with the Zaria Art Society, why the reticent octogenarian artist Jimoh Akolo merits a seat of honour among Nigeria’s top modern and contemporary artists, says Okechukwu Uwaezuoke EXHIBITION Even after more than a half-century of hosannas, the aura surrounding the Zaria Art Society’s titans does not appear to …

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