|Mrs Adesanya talking about a bead work by Jimoh Buraimoh|
One of the oldest galleries in Nigeria, Mydrim Gallery, will show fifty-six artworks by twelve Nigerian Masters this June at Desiderata, plot 5A, Abuja Street, Banana Island, Foreshore Estate, Lagos, Nigeria.
This was made known yesterday in Lagos, Nigeria by the gallery owner, Mrs. Sinmidele Adesanya, during a press review of the works. She revealed that the exhibition will open in June 3 till June 4, 2018 for public viewing.
According Adesanya, the exhibition is part of the activities to mark twenty-fifth anniversary of the gallery. The Masters are: Professor Yusuf Grillo, El Anatsui, Abayomi Barber, Jimoh Akolo, David Dale, Nike Davies-Okundaye, late Bisi Fakeye, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Kolade Oshinowo, Muraina Oyelami, Jimoh Buraimoh and Gani Odutokun.
The exhibition will consist of paintings, wood panel work, bead works, sculptures, mixed media, etc.
“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 Nigeria’s Masters, such that 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.
|Mrs Adesanya talking about a painting by Yusuf Grillo titled Deliverance|
“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.”
Talking about the journey of the gallery, she said the gallery was established out of her “passion for the fine arts and recognised the incredible talent of Nigerian artist. Unfortunately, that time art 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.”
She asserted that twenty-five ago years 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.
“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.
“Finally, we would like to thank Templars for supporting our initiative by hosting and sponsoring the preview of the Masters’ exhibition.”
By Udemma Chukwuma