Benin on the Global Art Map

Benin owes its distinguished place on the global art map to the bronze and ivory artworks produced in Benin City, now the capital of Edo state in Nigeria, West Africa. Known worldwide as the ‘Benin bronzes’, this vast collection of over 5W,000 metal plaques and sculptures, including portraits of Benin royalty, was designed to stand…

Benin Arts: A Shared Heritage?

The ‘court art’ of the Kingdom of Benin (today’s South-South Region of Nigeria) has achieved global recognition. Over 4,000 exquisitely worked items in brass, bronze, coral and other materials, revered sculptural pieces including bronze heads and elephant tusks, it tells the tale of royal dynasties and a once powerful kingdom. The court art was primarily…

David H. Dale

We embrace success as a journey, not a destination, and as such would contemplate such stops along the way. The more idealistic, perhaps obvious manifestations of success are those represented by life’s simple pleasures, like taking time out from a busy schedule to enjoy a sunny Sunday at the beach, watch the children grow, helping…

Grillo’s Art

Grillo’s work entitled Awo Opa Procession (1970-1972) is one work that links him to the past of his youth. The composition comes with a sustained elegance that is under gird by conscious geometric ordering. In a tunnel-like setting, a line of figures draped in white loin cloths from the waist down covering their legs in…

Satchmo: The Legend & His Legacy

Strangely enough, it is pretty easy and convenient for us to forget our musical heroes in Africa, particularly Nigeria. But not so in Europe and America where the Beatles and Louis Satchmo Armstrong, pioneers of pop music and jazz respectively, are still being remembered for the inestimable legacies they bequeathed to the entertainment world. In…

Wearing a Watch

There are some timepieces that fit all occasions. But they are rare … very rare. Much more likely is the scenario in which the watch on your wrist must change with the appointment in your schedule.HIGH ROLLING Black-tie and other expressly formal events call for a discreet and elegant watch that is small in diameter…

A Display of Cultural Generosity

In April 8, 2009, Ben Enwonwu, one of the pioneer modern artists in Nigeria, had his painting entitled Negritude topping the chart among three of his paintings presented at an auction of contemporary Nigerian art in London. Enwonwu painted Negritude in 1976, the year before FESTAC. FESTAC was conceived to celebrate Africa1s profound cultural heritage.…

Grillo: the Stained Glass Maestro

‘Rose Window’ St. Dominic Catholic Church Yaba, Lagos Grillo is not conservative in any sense of the word. Through commitment to work and exposures he invented a form of stain glass painting that somehow has eased the challenges associated with the genre previously. He deploys Plexiglas and glass using synthetic adhesives. The process began as…

Yusuf Cameroon Adebayo GRILLO

Edging through Emblematic Persuasions of Mathematical Aesthetic “ When art came in, it came in through Aina Onabolu. It was then that something in me said that this is a subject that has intellectual backing to it. This is not just drawing a lizard or drawing a tadpole or this table. It was Onabolu who…