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Is our culture being neglected? Tracy Augustine answers

Is our culture being neglected? Tracy Augustine answers Tracy Augustine is a final year  Graphics student at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. At first glance, her colourful digital painting and subject matter is distinctively contemporary. 
Augustine’s narrative digital paintings are filled with energetic mix of colours and figures. Her works tackle topics related to African women and lifestyle, which are sources of her inspiration.

Photographic memoir from 2017 Lagos Biennial

Photographic memoir from 2017 Lagos Biennial, an art exhibition where young and vibrant artists from different parts of the world converge to display their various mind-blowing artistic creativities. The exhibition holds in collaboration with Legacy Museum, Nigerian Railway Compound, Ebute Metta, beginning yesterday and continuing till 22nd November, 2017. Artists from Rwanda, Ghana, Portugal, US, Kenya, South Africa and many others came with their unique works of art that can richly be appreciated when the artists take you through the ideologies and thoughts behind them.
I am, in material particular, so elated and impressed that Legacy Museum and Lagos Biennial 2017 could, through art  
exhibition attract such unprecedented human presence to the belly 
of Nigerian Railway that now is nothing else but a lamentable dung  of abandonment and symbol of Nigeria's monumental and 
unpardonable cruelty to itself.

Heartening Thine Heart With Articulating Arts Galore

The picturesque of humanity is never complete till God's manifests His glorious packages through three principal human channels.
First are the artists who delve into continuum of their beings, be inspired to think, imagine, be impressed and thus express what the God of their understanding want them to express in symbolic works of art for others to admire.
Musicians play their music not only to entertain but further deepen our thoughts numerously too.
Writers obtain in fancies and vogues and they write for our information, education and entertainment but sometimes those pedestrian amongst them rubbish us in thoughts, word and actions.

In the next five years I want to move... - Stanley Dudu

Whether traditional or contemporary, realistic or abstract, an artist's choice is guided by expressive purpose. Stanley Dudu’s numerous drawings attest to this. 
His works revolve around women and children, which are done by memory and imagination.  Dudu interprets every day activities of women and children. The resulting images thus reflect the artist’s feelings about the subjects, which are worth discussing. 

Onobrakpeya, others to participate in 'First Rhythm'


 
The Visual Printmakers Association of Nigeria (VPAN), will display massive collection of print artworks on Saturday, October 28 at Quintessence Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The inaugural exhibition titled First Rhythm will feature works by Prof Bruce Onobrakpeya, Associate Professor Salubi Onakufe, Dr Kunle Adeyemi, Omoh Sophia Igbinovia, Timipre Willis-Amah, Aladegbongbe Aderinsoye, Mike Omoighe, Juliet Ezenwa Maja-Pearce, Moses Unokwa, Ojo Olaniyi, Bode Olaniran, Pius Emokpo, Inyang Effiong and a host of other great artists.

Lagos biennial is ongoing

The inaugural edition of Lagos Biennial started yesterday, October 14 at the Railway Compound, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria. 
Lagos Biennial Artistic Director/founder of Akete Foundation, Folakunle Oshun, said the event with the theme, Living on the Edge, will end on November 22. Other venues are Ilukwe House, Jaekel House (Museum) and other places in Lagos. 
Oshun said Living on the Edge explores the crises in historical and contemporary contexts. The exhibitions are framed around the   concept of superimpositions, and   examine parallel histories and counter-narratives with   the character of the city of Lagos as catalyst.” 

First Page, Three Chapters opens in Lagos



“Story telling has gotten better with photography,” says Adetayo Adegbola, whose works will be on display this Friday at Mydrim Gallery, 74B, Norman Williams Street, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria, in an exhibition entitled: First Page, Three Chapters.
The exhibition of paintings and photography will feature about twenty paintings by Ozangeobuoma Orlu, Imomoh Asemokha and and ten photographs by Adegbola. Opening reception will be on October 13 at 3pm. Exhibition runs till October 27, 2017.

Friends, colleagues mourn shocking demise of Bisi Fakeye

The death of veteran artist, Bisi Fakeye, has thrown many into mourning. The news of his death came as what many described as shocking.
Fakeye died on Sunday, October 8, at the Ikorodu General Hospital in Lagos by yet-to-be disclosed ailHe was born in 1942 at Ila-Orangun, Ekiti. He was a renowned caver from the great Fakeye family of carvers - Lamidi Fakeye being the best known.
Bisi apprenticed under Lamidi Fake. Although he went through school up to teacher training college and abandoned teaching for carving. Moving to Lagos in 1968, Bisi interacted with formally trained artists, developed a more commercially based practice, and became part of the Lagos art scene. After FESTAC 1977, he settled into the studios on the grounds of the National Theatre, now Universal Studios of Arts.
Many works by the artist have been sold at auction, including Town Crier; sold at Arthouse Contemporary Limited 'Modern and Contemporary Art' in 2008 for $12,729.

Taking the Short-cut


Give Thanks
She’s a member of the Poetry Group. Every Monday they meet in the Church Hall. The meeting lasts two hours, sometimes longer. But rarely does it last as long as three hours. The meeting holds in the evening. Members bring biscuits and sometimes cakes or fruits which they share among themselves. In Spring or summer, the class meets at 7p.m. but during Autumn or Winter, it starts at 6p.m.
She has missed some sessions, about four in total. She doesn’t really have new poems to share with the group. That’s why she’s been absent. But in the past week she had been busy. She had been inspired to dish out seven poems at the rate of one poem per day. So she feels confident to join the group tonight and share some of these new poems. She doesn’t write on love. She writes on other subjects but love.
It’s late autumn. The days are getting shorter. One could feel the winter announcing its’ arrival. She wraps up warmly, puts a packet of digestive biscuit in a small carrier bag grabs her hand-bag and sets off for the poetry class.