A solo art exhibition of geometric paintings by Babatunde Ogunlade opened yesterday at Regrann, Silverbird Galleria, 133 Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
Ogunlade says the exhibition titled Cosmopolitanism Lagos (The last House on the Left), “is a general view of the city of Lagos and its environment, as well as the peoples living in it. The number of people coming into Lagos are more than the people going out of Lagos.”
The last House on the Left he says has to do with the location of Lagos on the map of Nigeria. “If you notice on the map of Nigeria, Lagos is located at the last corner by the left, and despite it location peoples are still moving in to seek opportunities. For example, some can succeed in other place except Lagos. Despite the rich and traffic situations in Lagos, the inhabitants are used to the system, whereby they fund it difficult to move out of the state.”
The journey of the ongoing exhibition, he says began when “Jumoke Sanwo, the Creative Director of Revolving Art Incubator, attended my previous solo last year. Having seen my works and my colour application, she got excited and suggested we work together, and in another form. That was how we come about the theme, Cosmopolitanism Lagos. l went back to my Studio to produce the body of works related to the theme.”
Ogunlade graduated from Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State in 2002. Cosmopolitanism Lagos is his fourth solo exhibition. He has been painting for 16 years and he lives in Lagos.
Exhibition runs till Saturday, September 30, 2017.