This Saturday, September 22, Alexis Galleries will display recent works by Chukz Okonkwo and Seye Morakinyo with an art exhibition titled Wooden Cloth.
The exhibition of paintings, sculptures and mixed media will be official opened by Prince (Engr.) Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon, revealed the organisers.
To Morakinyo, artists shouldn’t be limited to one medium, rather they should explore new medium, which “is refreshing.” You will find his expressions intriguing and spectacular. His unique way of portraying his thought on canvas is amazing and exciting, says the curator and the gallery owner Patty Chidiac-Mastrogiannis.
“Every artist is a novelist, though not all novelists are artists per se, either a fiction or whatever, you are caravan taking your views on a literary journey,” says Morakinyo.
As artists influenced by their environment, and because life and art imitate each other, their works featured in this exhibition reflect their emotion, mood, spirit, expression, and reaction to life. Their works presented in this exhibition depict the intimacy of the subject matter addressed by the artists. The artists’ subjects reveal both the contents of the mundane objects encountered everyday and associations of deeply ingrained memories and constructed ideals. These artists draw from their inspiration from things around them and their daily activities.
“I draw my inspiration from nature, event, desires, aspirations, emotions, memories, passion and experiences. Recently, I’m experimenting on the possibilities of achieving textural behaviour of colours and light against shade in search of form and content,” says Okonwko.
Chidiac-Mastrogiannis says: “Chukz has also mastered the act of recycling with sawdust which he has been experimenting with for almost twenty. The result is fascinating and colourful sculptures of wood fibre. His choice of traditional and contemporary medium shows how versatile and open-minded the artist is. His idea and execution make his art fresh, inspirational and relevant.”
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Chukz Okonkwo was born in Enugu State, Nigeria. He exhibited great interest in art during the early stages of his life and had his first formal art lesson while in high school. A graduate of Fine Arts from Institute of Management and Technology Enugu State, where he emerged as the best graduating student in 2001. He has won several art awards and has held over 55 group and five solo exhibitions both in Nigeria and abroad. His works are found in many public and private collections. He has curate and adjudicated a number of art exhibitions and workshops in Nigeria.
Seye Morakinyo was born on 1979 in Igbo-ora, Ibarapa Central Local Government area, Oyo state, Nigeria. He studied Arts at the Federal Polytechnic Auchi in Edo Sate from 2000 to 2002 with OND certificate and subsequently proceeded for his HND (Higher National Diploma) and graduated in 2005 with distinction in Painting.
He is a full time studio artist in Lagos. The first year of his practice year was at Aina Onabolu Studio at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lago as an artist in residence with other artists. He works in collages, pebbles and his meticulous linear expressions. You will find his expressions intriguing and spectacular. He has participated in several art shows and programs within Nigeria and abroad by proxy. He is an in-house artist at Alexis Galleries, Nigeria.
He is a member of the Society of Nigerian Artists. He lives in and work in Lagos.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
In eight years, Alexis Galleries have engaged in the presentation and dissemination of contemporary art in the media of painting, drawing, mixed media and sculpture. We have established ourselves rapidly as one of the best galleries in Nigeria, a meeting place for artists, collectors and enthusiasts of art.
We have supported artists in organising and showcasing their works and talents through numerous exhibitions, as we desire to take the Nigerian artists to greater heights in strengthening the ever vibrant Nigerian Art Circle. Support of local artists, not only getting their works exhibited in our gallery but also grow their careers and help promote their fascinating and important projects.
The exhibition which is sponsored by Pepsi, Delta Airline, Amarula, Nederburg, Cobranet Internet Service Provider, Cool FM, Wazobia FM/TV, Chocolate Royal, The Avenue Suites, Art Café and The Homestores Limited, will run until Saturday, October 6, 2018.
Artwork by Morakinyo