As a follow up to ‘The Masters” exhibition held earlier this month, Mydrim Gallery brings us the second exhibition in their future masters’ series titled ‘Generations: The Future Masters’. From 30 June to 14 July 2018, Mydrim will showcase the artworks of Emeka Nwagbara, Chinedu Uzoma, Damilola Opedun, Ezekiel Osifeso, Olajide Salako, Olufemi Oyewole, Oluwafunke Oladimeji, Segun Fagorusi, Raji Mohammed. In this group exhibition, Mydrim focuses on nine young Nigerian artists, who had been selected and mentored by Abiodun Olaku, Nigeria’s renowned photo-naturalist painter. Unsurprisingly, these artists show a preference for representation. The works chosen from each artist for the exhibition also shows certain unities in themes and the use of art as a social commentary.
Emeka Nwagbara is a self-taught artist who was mentored by Abiodun Olaku and Edosa Oguigo when he registered with the Universal Studios of Art, Lagos. His presentation is dominated by figurative expressions of the female form in different states. Chinedu Uzoma graduated with a distinction in painting from the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ijanikin in 2014. He depicts everyday scenes with everyday people in swirls of colours. Damilola Opedun’s use of colour and vivid strokes show he is of the Auchi Art School. In 2017, he was awarded the Jack Richeson & Company award during the annual exhibition of the Pastel Society of America.
After obtaining a B.A. in Visual Arts from the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, Ezekiel Osifeso interned at the Universal Studios of Art, Lagos, where he was tutored by Abiodun Olaku, Ejoh Wallace and Joshua Nmesirionye. Olajide Salako is a member of the Plein-air Society of Nigeria. His compositions focus on Nigeria’s cultural costumes and scenes. Olufemi Oyewole is a watercolourist with a presentation that captures light and atmosphere in rich colours.
After University, Oluwafunke Oladimeji was part of the mentorship programme at Universal Studios of Art, Lagos and worked closely with Abiodun Olaku. While Olaku’s influence can be seen in Oladimeji’s compositions, her use of the palette knife in applying her paint (à la Ablade Glover) gives a significantly different texture to her works. Segun Fagorusi has a Master’s Degree in African Visual Art from the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan. His presentation focuses on Nigerian cultural themes and experiences. Influenced by his training under Ebenezer Akinola, Raji Mohammed’s presentation shows his preference for figure painting and a skillful balance of realistic and abstract techniques.
Post header image: Ebute Sunset, Oluwafunke Oladimeji, 2018
Credit: Mydrim Gallery