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Asidere's 'Exposition' excites Paris art lovers

For the first time, works of contemporary Nigerian artist, Duke Asidere will be having a solo exhibition tagged Exposition in faraway France. Consisting of fifteen paintings and two drawings, the artworks will be presented to the Paris audience from Sunday, May 8 to Sunday, May 22.
Asidere revealed this to Arts and Culture Place in a recent interview in Lagos. “Every artist needs a new audience. It is exciting to have a new audience look at your works as an artist,” he said.

He however stated that he has nothing new to show the Paris audience as his style, theme and subjects are still the same. “I’m not going to Paris to show anything new. A lot of people do art and wrap it up with English. I don’t do that. I just do my work, and exhibit my preferences. When I do art, I look for the purest form,” Asidere added.

Exposition will increase the number of shows the artist has had internationally. “In a fast changing world, where information hits you with the speed of light, we are compelled to stretch our power of imagination,” he said.
Seated, Strange Day, Soul Music, Election Frenzy, The Beauty, Music-Maker, Woman Talk are some of the works going to Paris. 
The curator, Bose Fagbemi, said Asidere was picked because “his style is unique. The harmony of his colours is not only agreeable to the eye, but gives one that feeling of being part of the story that he is telling.”

Born in 1961, Asidere Duke is one of Nigeria’s most celebrated painters. His strong foundation indrawing helps him to work with a fluidity that can only come from an artist who is rather more interested in life than art itself. Asidere trained as a painter at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1985-1990. 
He holds a B.A (Fine Arts) first class Honours degree in painting (1988). He also has an MFA in painting (1990).

He taught painting, drawing and Art History from 1990-1995 at the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi. His Painting work has been translated into murals that have been brilliantly executed in various public and private spaces. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions both locally and internationally. He is a full time studio artist who lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

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