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‘Motion and Emotions’ by Ogaga Tuodeinye at Terra Kulture

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Leading Nigerian artist, Ogaga Tuodeinye, Friday revealed in Lagos that he has concluded plans to
display over forty works in his forthcoming solo exhibition titled Motion and Emotions.

Tuodeinye, who has been away from the art scene for a while revealed to correspondents that the art exhibition of paintings and drawings will open from Saturday, March 5 to 14, at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos. He said viewers will be confronted with his new distinctive creative vision, bursting variety, colour and remarkable new works and technique. What stands this show out from his previous shows; he said is the introduction of a new technique, which he described as “drip technique.” The artist confessed that a lot of canvases went into the dustbin before he could perfect the technique.

He is offering collectors and viewers a variety of choices, ranging from mix media, oil on canvas and acrylic on canvas.  Several narratives can be seen from the works, as the theme depicts the artist exploring more female subjects in the exhibition. The drawings for this show, he hinted, were done during his student days. The other thing worth mentioning in the exhibition is the beautiful mix medium works created with waste. 

What inspired Motion and Emotions? The artist from Bayelsa said “The idea came as a result of what I noticed about humans in general...nobody is static; we are all moving,” and “life is all about movement and motion. Immediately one is static mentally and emotionally, the person is dead.”

His years of “hiding in a box,” he said gave birth to the technique. Tuodeinye said it is important for an artist to stage a show when he has something new to show the public. “I didn’t want to come out with my usual style; I had to stay back a bit. Not until two years ago I stated doing the dripping technique.”

The artist played with colours, forms and moods. In some of the works, you see vibrant colours and some warm colours while some are like illusion. To him, “Controlled extreme individual attitude in art is a drive that carves a niche for the creative mind, giving the artist an identity that makes him stand out in a cloud of other creative minds. All the concept from the show is part of the movement,” while he stressed that the motion is linked with attitude. 

Works which will be on display include: Elders Forum, By Their Fruit, Beyond Limits, Motion, Priceless Bond, Emotion I and II, Out of the Box, No Third Party, Virtue, Self Esteem, Caution, Priceless Journey of a Mother, Loud Silence I and II, etc. These works are inspiring and captivating.

The exhibition is being curated by Ronke Akinyele, the artistic director of Terra Kulture, and supported by FlowersTalk.

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