Abayomi Barber: Drawing Links with Africa’s Past

Frank Ugiomoh The painter and sculptor Abayomi Barber (b. 1928) is known for artworks which manage to combine superrealism with intense expressionism. If you are wondering how he achieves this apparent impossibility – well, it’s not for nothing that the word ‘surrealism’ is derived from ‘super-realism’. Born in Ole Ife, Barber was exposed to art…

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…

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…