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More photos from the preview of 'The Masters Exhibition'

Mrs Sinmidele Adesanya, Lanre Olagoke, Joe Obiago, Nike Okundaiye, David Dale, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Sandra Obiago and friend.
Faces at the private preview of the Masters Exhibition, which took place on Wednesday, May 23, in Lagos. It was organised by Mydrim Gallery and sponsored by Templars, a law firm.
Adesanya and her husband,  Mr Bambo  Adesanya; Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN)
For this particular initiative, Templars is pleased to collaborate with Mydrim Gallery to host a private preview of the Masters Exhibition in our Lagos office. This initiative is aimed at celebrating Nigerian art and the work of those renowned artists who contributed immensely to the development of visual art in Nigeria.”
The exhibition of paintings, sculptures, mixed media and bead works will open on Sunday, June 3 to Monday and June 4, 2018, at the Desiderata, plot 5A, Abuja Street, Banana Island, Foreshore Estate, Lagos Nigeria. And about fifty-six works by Yusuf Grillo, El Anatsui, Abayomi Barber, Jimoh Akolo, David Dale, Nike Davies-Okundaye, late Bisi Fakeye, Bruce Ononrakpeya, Kolade Oshinowo, Muraina Oyelami, Jimoh Buraimoh and Gani Odutokun will be on view for the public.
Mr and Mrs Adesanya, Okundaiye and the Managing Partner of Templars; Mr Oghogho Akpata

Mydrim Gallery is located at 74B, Norman Williams street, S.W. Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria. Established by Sinmidele Adesanya in December 1992. She had a passion for the fine arts and recognized the incredible talent of Nigerian artist. Unfortunately, that time art was profession was generally not regarded as one of of the noble professions and the society did not accord much importance to the artists or their works.
Mrs Zaccheus and Mrs Johnson
The objective of the gallery was to rectify this anomaly and create a platform for educating Nigerians about the importance and the value of art. The Gallery also sought to discover and promote new artists and also to showcase the works or emerging and established artists.
Templars' clients and guests
"It has been an extremely challenging journey, but twenty-five later, Mydrim Gallery has contributed significantly to the development of the visual arts in Nigeria. The promulgation of art as a great store of value has been established and artists are now held in high esteem. The works of Nigerian artists are now sought after all over the world.
"A Nigerian proverb says: A river that does not know its source will soon run dry.” This exhibition is a display of the works of twelve of Nigeria’s Masters, such thata art lovers, artists, and art students know the source some of those artists’ who steered the course and remained committed and focused to developing the visual arts in Nigeria in the face of monumental challenges.
"They made the sacrifices for the present generation of artists. Young artists today need to know the history of those who paved the way for them. We celebrate them today. Finally, we would like to thank Templars for the supporting our initiative by hosting and sponsoring the preview of the Masters’ exhibition," said Adesanya. 
For 25 years the gallery has organized 70 art exhibitions and events, including a series of Nation-WIDE PUBLIC LECTURES on contemporary arts and culture delivered by international speakers, and organized in collaboration with renown art curator, Bisi Silva, operating as the Institute of Visual Arts and Culture. 
Adesanya with a guest 
It inaugurated the Living Masters exhibition in 2017, which was declared open by the Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka. In 2010, on behalf of the Lagos State government, Mydrim Gallery organised Nigeria at Fifty, a photo exhibition for Nigeria’s 50th Independence Anniversary. Mydrim Gallery remains at the forefront of providing art lovers in Lagos and across the country an avenue to discover and acquire important and collectable works of art by African artists. In 2015, Mydrim Gallery represented Africa at the modern art sector of International Art Dubai Fair in recognition of its involvement with art in Nigeria.
Mydrim Gallery collaborates with art centre Terra Kulture as TKMG to organise an annual art auction for discerning collectors.

Adesanya, Okundaiye and Mydrim staff
In January 2017 Adesanya curated the EKO ART EXPO for Lagos State Government. Mydrim Gallery offers a range of services including acquisitions, collection management, curatorial services and advisory. For more than 25 years, Mydrim Gallery has remained a major player in the Nigerian art industry with the keen oversight of Adesanya, who is highly regarded for making art relevant and accessible to a contemporary audience.
By Udemma Chukwuma
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