Nexus Art Exhibition at Lagos Continental Showcases Masterpieces from Renowned Artists
Art enthusiasts and collectors alike gathered at the Lagos Continental Hotel on Thursday, April 6, 2023, for the highly anticipated Nexus Art Exhibition. Curated by the esteemed artist Yusuf Durodola, the exhibition featured a diverse collection of artwork from both emerging and established Nigerian artists, including Bolaji Ogunwo, Samson Akinnire, Oboh Innocent, Faith Omole, and Bada Omowunmi, all of whom were present at the event.
The Nexus Art Exhibition was a celebration of contemporary Nigerian art, with a focus on promoting local talent and showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the country. The artwork on display encompassed a wide range of mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media, reflecting the diverse creative expressions of the artists.
Yusuf Durodola, who not only curated the exhibition but also displayed his own stunning pieces, said, “The Nexus Art Exhibition is a platform for artists to express themselves and connect with art enthusiasts and collectors. It’s a celebration of our rich artistic heritage and a showcase of the immense talent that exists within Nigeria’s art community.”
One of the highlights of the exhibition was the thought-provoking artwork of Bolaji Ogunwo, whose abstract paintings drew inspiration from the rich cultural traditions and folklore of Nigeria. Ogunwo’s use of vibrant colors and bold brushstrokes captivated the audience and sparked conversations about the intersection of tradition and modernity in contemporary Nigerian art.
Samson Akinnire’s sculptures also left a lasting impression, with their intricate details and masterful craftsmanship. Akinnire’s sculptures, which explored themes of identity and spirituality, were a testament to his skill as a sculptor and his deep understanding of Nigerian cultural symbolism.
The exhibition also featured the thought-provoking assemblage by Oboh Innocent, who used his skills to assemble the beauty and diversity of everyday life in Nigeria. Innocent’s assemblage depicted the daily livelihood and animals of Africa, inviting viewers to see the country through his unique perspective.
Faith Omole’s mixed media pieces were another highlight of the exhibition, as she skillfully combined various materials to create intricate collages that explored themes of femininity and empowerment. Her artwork provoked discussions on gender roles and the changing dynamics of Nigerian society.
Bada Omowunmi’s paintings, with their bold use of colors and expressive brushstrokes, also garnered attention. Her abstract works evoked emotions and invited viewers to interpret them in their own way, creating a unique and personal experience for each observer.
The Nexus Art Exhibition was not only a visual feast for art lovers, but it also served as a platform for artists to network and engage with the community. The event was well-attended by art collectors, enthusiasts, and members of the media, including Mr. Karl Hala, the Generl Manager of Lagos Continental, and Chief (Mrs.) Chief Nike Davies-Okundaye, the founder of Nike Art Gallery, who all praised the quality and diversity of the artwork on display.
Yusuf Durodola expressed his gratitude for the overwhelming support, saying, “I am thrilled to see such a positive response to the Nexus Art Exhibition. It’s a testament to the immense talent and potential of the Nigerian art scene. I am proud to have curated this exhibition and to have showcased the works of these incredibly talented artists.”
The Nexus Art Exhibition at Lagos Continental Hotel was a resounding success, shining a spotlight on the thriving contemporary art scene in Nigeria and providing a platform for artists to showcase their talent and connect with art enthusiasts and collectors. The exhibition was a testament to the power of art to inspire, provoke, and unite communities, and it left a lasting impression on all those who attended.