Watercolour is said to be quite sensitive and requires supreme concentration from the artist. It is also one of the oldest mediums of painting—said to have been used as far back as the cave paintings. It was therefore fitting that when the Nigerian watercolourists exhibited at the Spring Edition of The Content on Sunday, 1 April 2018, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi was present to kick off the show.
The Content, a series of exhibitions of paintings by renowned Nigerian artists, was initiated in 2017, by the luxury departmental store, Adam & Eve Homeware, to encourage African art appreciation and jump start the art scene in Ikeja. This 3rd edition of The Content, on view throughout the month of April at the flagship store of Adam & Eve Homeware, 8, Isaac John Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, features paintings from 8 watercolourists: Olu Ajayi, Ini Brown, Tayo Adenaike, Sam Ovraiti, Lekan Onabanjo, Tunde Soyinka, Kehinde Sanwo and Victor Obasuyi.
Here are a few of the works on display:
Ini Brown’s amazing ability to breathe light and vitality into a market scene is arresting.
Olu Ajayi captures light and atmosphere, and suggests a kind of freshness with these monochrome watercolours.
And Sam Ovraiti brings us figures immersed in rich colors and expressive brushstrokes. He flaunts his ability to summarize, clarify, and idealize in full color.