Looking at the Automobile-Related-Faces Art of Sejiro Avoseh

With his debut solo exhibition, ‘When we are not what we are’ at Rele Gallery, the experimental artist, Sejiro Avoseh, justifies his place on art critic Jess Castellote’s 18 Nigerian Visual Artists under 30 I am going to follow in 2018. The badagry-born, 28 year old is showing a series of works featuring his signature figuration of automobile-related faces on subjects ranging from the Last Supper and Eden to coming out of poverty and the gradual extinction of the radio. When asked the reason behind his inclusion of automobile parts in his art, Avoseh says,

… basically, my art personifies automobiles. I see myself as a traveller in life and most of what I paint are things and events around me. Why I use automobile-like faces or forms is because I see life as a journey. I personify the cars as breathing entities.

(In Conversation with Sejiro Avoseh by The Sole Adventurer)

Sejiro Avoseh, who was one of the stand-out acts of Rele Arts Foundation’s ‘Young Contemporaries’ 2017, holds a higher diploma in painting from Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Lagos. He was featured at the second edition of Art X Lagos 2017 and also collaborated with international doll maker Aidamaris Roman on her ‘Forgotten Heart’ series in 2017. Take a look at some of Avoseh’s works from Instagram.

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#Repost @relegallery ・・・ Savior of The World by @sejiro_avoseh || 36 x 48 inches || Mixed Media || 2018. The "Enlightening Series" treats biblical subjects – a reflection of teachings the artist received growing up juxtaposed against current societal realities. The exhibition runs till the end of August 2018. Supported by @cointreau #ReleGallery #Art #Painting #Collage #ContemporaryArt #ContemporaryArtist #ContemporaryAfricanArt #ContemporaryAfricanArtist #NigerianArtist  #CollageArtist #Lagos #art #artistsoninstagram #contemporaryart #abstract #abstractart #abstractartist #abstractarts #abstracexpressionism #abstractpainting #sejiroavoseh #artgallery #artnews #artshow #drawing #photooftheday

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Repost @relegallery Drive Time | Mixed Media || 2018. “The Radio Series” which is inspired by the late Malian Photographer, Seydou Keita. For Keita, in the mid 1950’s radios were dominant in his portraits in referencing the importance of communication. I use the radio as an opposing metaphor to address the lack of communication between leaders and their citizens thereby leading to a failed nation. #whenwearenotwhatweare runs till end of august. Supported by @cointreau #ReleGallery #Art #Painting #Collage #ContemporaryArt #ContemporaryArtist #ContemporaryAfricanArt #ContemporaryAfricanArtist #NigerianArtist  #CollageArtist #Lagos #art #artistsoninstagram #contemporaryart #abstract #abstractart #abstractartist #abstractarts #abstracexpressionism #abstractpainting #sejiroavoseh #artgallery #artnews #artshow #drawing #photooftheday

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‘When we are not what we are’ opened 8th July and runs till the end of August 2018 at Rele Gallery, Lagos.

 

Featured image: Courtesy of Rele Gallery

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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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