I get excited whenever I think about the future of Nigerian art in the hands of this generation of artists. I’m sharing five reasons for you to get excited as well…
- Logor Oluwamuyiwa
Last year, I was putting together a Monochrome Themed exhibition and was looking for a photographer to complete the list of artists I already had when someone suggested Logor. I am quite embarrassed to admit that up until that point, I hadn’t heard about him (I must have been living under a rock). I was completely blown away by his work.
Logor is a photographer/filmmaker whose works are predominantly in black and white. His approach revolves around conceptual and documentary style photography. His recent and major work is titled “Monochrome Lagos”, which can be seen as a visual digital archive showing a unique reflection of the city of Lagos – an expose of its idiosyncrasies and most importantly the aesthetics.
Find more of his work on Instagram
- Eloghosa Osunde
I’ve raved about Eloghosa’s work here before. From her words to her photography, everything she puts out gets me all in my feels. Eloghosa is primarily a street photographer whose eye delights in the beauty of the mundane. Her interests lie in being able to draw attention to the ignorable happenings of our everyday lives. I love the way she sees things and the words she attaches to each image have a way of reaching out from the sheets and pulling your heart towards all that is beauty around you. I can hardly wait for all the awesomeness I know she is capable of. Look out, world!
Find more of her work here
- Yadichinma Ukoha-Kalu
There are artists who make being a curator such a joy! Yadi is one of them. Constantly experimenting and trying out new mediums for her artistic expression, you can tell that she, without a doubt, enjoys every bit of the process and gets deep satisfaction from producing each work. One gets the feeling that Yadi makes art first for herself before anyone else. And that, I daresay, is why we are all captivated by her work. I look forward to years and years and years of enjoying her art.
Fall in love with her art here
- Dipo Doherty
Even though most of Dipo’s work begins with the human form, you can tell that it is largely informed by his technical drawing and scientific background. “I begin to intertwine physical and sensory interactions with matter to emotions, search for the mathematical undertones, and geometrically express them as my creativity dictates.” His multi-cultural pieces embodies synthetic cubism, Taoist philosophies, and American post-war contemporary art. I got a chance to see his sophomore exhibition, “Coherence in Duality”, last year at the Nike Art Gallery and have been looking forward to more work from him ever since. Well, my prayers just got answered.
Find more here
- Ayobola Kekere-Ekun
This complex paper quilling artist makes art that is as beautiful as it is interesting. There aren’t a lot of paper quilling artists this part of the world, and so Ayobola’s work stands out.
Follow her work here.
This Sunday, 10th January, 2016 at the Rele Gallery, all five of these young contemporary artists will showing their work in an exhibition: 2016’s Young Contemporaries.
In line with its aim to trigger a new-found appreciation of the arts and help nurture a new generation of visual artists, Rele has in the past year been observing, collecting and supporting young talents whom it believes have the right balance of potential, work ethic and drive to occupy a new roster of accomplished artists, in the future.
I’m so excited you’d think I won the lottery!
And for the even more fun part, there’s the art, then there’s WINE. Fat Bastard Wines to be exact.
‘P and I had our first taste of this wine at the Postcards From Lagos Exhibition last December. Sooooo good, we had to take a few bottles with us to Cotonou and thoroughly enjoyed every drop.
Fat Bastard is sponsoring the exhibition tomorrow, so be there for the art and for the wine. 🙂