Dipo Doherty’s Shards of Time is Brilliant (Pictures)—If You Get to See it.

Dipo Doherty’s exhibition, ‘Shards of Time’, opened at the National Museum on Saturday, 7th July 2018 to positive reviews from art enthusiasts and collectors. Art connoisseur Jess Castellote had stated that the exhibition “… strengthens his [Doherty’s] position as one of the most active under-30 artists in the country.” Consequently, I was looking forward to experiencing it. But on getting to the venue on Monday at 3.50pm, I was surprised to find the exhibition space locked up. I was told by a staff of the museum that Doherty left the museum about 20 minutes before I got there, and would not be back until the next day. I was joined shortly by two other visitors who had come to see the exhibition. Disappointed, we stood around for a while wondering why the exhibition space would be locked even if the artist was not around.

Dipo Doherty came to public attention in 2015 with his solo exhibition ‘Coherence in Duality’ at the Nike Arts Gallery—at which Nike Davies Okundaye referred to him as the ‘African Picasso’. A self-taught artist, Doherty earned a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He started his artistic practice about six years ago on his return to Nigeria. The human body is central to Doherty’s art. He employs his African heritage and scientific concepts, especially his fascination with quantum physics and geometry, to carry out an abstract exploration of the human anatomy in his art. In an interview with Visual in 2017, he said, “I use my artistic inquiry to reconcile the progression of time, science, and culture in the notion of the human experience; and thus experience what we perceive to be 2 distinct domains as a whole entity.”

In ‘Shards of Time’, Doherty materializes, through paper work, painting and mixed media, the idea of time as a unique piece of a shattered element, different from the rest, yet belonging to a whole. From the pictures from the exhibition on social media, I think it’s worth a second attempt. And maybe it would help if I get there much earlier this time around.

‘Shards of Time’ runs till 20th July 2018 at the National Museum, Onikan, Lagos.

 

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‘The Blue Runner’ – Nature is a dominant force in my oeuvre. It’s the strongest metaphor to juxtapose against society. From prehistoric times man has sought the need to create, and nature has been looked upon for inspiration. As the level of sophistication in man made systems increased, it’s similarities to natural systems grew stronger. We live in a consequence of this trait; an age where information, opinions, and data are akin to streams of consciousness. One after the other, as we plug into our phones we dive into this vast man made sea in which the good and bad coexist. How do you sustain your mental integrity in such an environment where unknowingly your preferences, tastes, and attitudes are being studied, calculated, skewed, and mirrored to you? The Blue Runner is my going against this current. #ShardsOfTime opens in less than 24hrs 🌟🙏🏾🌟 . . . . . . #art #illustration #drawing #paintings #picture #artist #sketch #sketchbook #mural #spraypaint #dipodoherty #emergingartist #artsy #instaart #beautiful #instagood #gallery #masterpiece #creative #photooftheday #instaartist #graphic #contemporaryafricanart #thedeancollection #artoftheday #africanart

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Work by Dipo Doherty featured in his upcoming solo exhibition ‘Shards of Time’, at the National Museum opening this Sunday, July 8th, 3-7pm! . @arthouse_foundation is pleased to support Dipo Doherty in his solo exhibition ‘Shards of Time’, at the National Museum. Dipo undertook a three-month residency with the Foundation in 2016, where he experimented with new ideas and forms, expanding his painting and mixed media works. The Foundation also organized a group exhibition showcasing his final project at the Kia Showroom in Victoria Island, and Arthouse has since followed his works in our actions. This exhibition is a culmination of his experiments that he began at the Foundation, and Arthouse is excited at the growth and development of his visual language. We look forward to following his career as he begins his Master’s degree studies at MIT later this year. . Dipo Doherty (b.1991), THE SEASON’s TOIL, Acrylic on paper, 2018, 30 x 20 in. . #arthousecontemporary #arthousefoundation #dipodoherty #shardsoftime #exhibition #soloshow #soloexhibition #residentartist #artistinresidence #nationalmuseum #museum #westafrica #nigeria #lagos

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Art by DIPO DOHERTY, on display in the artist’s ongoing exhibition – Shards Of Time. . . Dipo Doherty seeks to define a vocabulary in his work that unites his African heritage and scientific background; a socio-scientific synthesis, with the human body being at the centre-point of his practice. He has interpreted the human anatomy in his own ideology, increasing it’s dimensionality in abstraction in his paintings, while expanding his visual language to other forms of media that reference socio-economic issues, and scientific parallels in the highly dynamic cultural fabric of the contemporary world today. . . . . . . . . . . . . #Art #DipoDoherty @kingdips #Painting #ShardsOfTime #NigerianArtist #Nigeria #Lagos #AfricanArt #AfricanArtist #ContemporaryArt #ContemporaryArtist #ContemporaryAfricanArt #ArtDaily #DailyArt #ArtOnInstagram #Like4Like #InstaPost #ArtLovers #Kunst #AfrikanIscheKunst #Lasmara

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Art by DIPO DOHERTY, on display in the artist’s ongoing exhibition – Shards Of Time. . . Dipo Doherty seeks to define a vocabulary in his work that unites his African heritage and scientific background; a socio-scientific synthesis, with the human body being at the centre-point of his practice. He has interpreted the human anatomy in his own ideology, increasing it’s dimensionality in abstraction in his paintings, while expanding his visual language to other forms of media that reference socio-economic issues, and scientific parallels in the highly dynamic cultural fabric of the contemporary world today. . . . . . . . . . . . . #Art #DipoDoherty @kingdips #Painting #ShardsOfTime #NigerianArtist #Nigeria #Lagos #AfricanArt #AfricanArtist #ContemporaryArt #ContemporaryArtist #ContemporaryAfricanArt #ArtDaily #DailyArt #ArtOnInstagram #Like4Like #InstaPost #ArtLovers #Kunst #AfrikanIscheKunst #Lasmara

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Art by DIPO DOHERTY, on display in the artist’s ongoing exhibition – Shards Of Time. . . Dipo Doherty seeks to define a vocabulary in his work that unites his African heritage and scientific background; a socio-scientific synthesis, with the human body being at the centre-point of his practice. He has interpreted the human anatomy in his own ideology, increasing it’s dimensionality in abstraction in his paintings, while expanding his visual language to other forms of media that reference socio-economic issues, and scientific parallels in the highly dynamic cultural fabric of the contemporary world today. . . . . . . . . . . . . #Art #DipoDoherty @kingdips #Painting #ShardsOfTime #NigerianArtist #Nigeria #Lagos #AfricanArt #AfricanArtist #ContemporaryArt #ContemporaryArtist #ContemporaryAfricanArt #ArtDaily #DailyArt #ArtOnInstagram #Like4Like #InstaPost #ArtLovers #Kunst #AfrikanIscheKunst #Lasmara

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Emotions were high this weekend! Thank you to everyone who made this show a reality, and to all who came to celebrate this major milestone with me🌟 🎉 I appreciate every gesture of kindness shown to me this weekend. This is a big win for all the young fine artists in Nigeria. The sky is truly just the view for us 🇳🇬🦅🙌🏿🌟 #ShardsOfTime is open till the 20th of July . . . . . . #art #illustration #drawing #paintings #picture #artist #sketch #sketchbook #mural #spraypaint #dipodoherty #emergingartist #artsy #instaart #beautiful #instagood #gallery #masterpiece #creative #photooftheday #instaartist #graphic #contemporaryafricanart #thedeancollection #artoftheday #africanart

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Post header image: The Season’s Toil, Dipo Doherty, 2018 
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Adekemi is a lawyer and writer with a passion for the arts, particularly African art history. She is dedicated to discovering and documenting the most excellent artworks of our time. Follow her on Twitter at adekemitweets.
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