Friday, December 11, 2015

Onobrakpeya exhibits at Temple Muse

Temple Muse 

is delighted to present works by

Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya

spanning 40 years! of artistic experimentation!
Come and see his new Aba Na Nya series, amazing line drawings, and feast your eyes on 
beautiful metal foils exploring our rich ancestry through modern interpretations.

Join us for mulled wine and gourmet bites on
Saturday, December 12th from 2-5pm 
as we enjoy the festive season in the company of our Master Artist!

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Professor Bruce Onobrakpeya, celebrated as one of Nigeria’s greatest experimental artists, is presenting a magnificent body of work for the Temple Muse Christmas Art Salon including metal foils, prints, plastocasts, as well as his new Aba Na Nya series on canvas.

Onobrakpeya has received many local and international awards including receiving an Honorable Mention at the Venice Biennale, and a Living Human Treasure Award in 2006 from UNESCO. He is one of Nigeria’s famous pioneer Zaria Rebels, an art movement he started together with Prof. Uche Okeke, Yusuf Grillo, Demas Nwoko and other students at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria in the 1950’s.  Since his student days, Onobrakpeya and his group have revolutionized our art by drawing attention to our old and timeless African values while appreciating global best-practices and universal human values.
Despite being in his 80’s, Onobrakpeya continues to amaze his audience with new innovations and experiments;  his new Aba Na Nya works, which symbolize change in society, are a series of individual mask like faces created from engravings and multi-media collages with pieces of cloth which are photographed using a new xerograph technique. Onobrakpeya has created close to 50 such works with a vision to create a major installation of 100 faces, each representing a unique story of change within society.

The exhibition is also made up of exceptional metal foils and prints reflecting over 40 years of his outstanding career.  His deep etchings and plastocasts which he is famous for, draw deeply on the culture and language of Nigeria and his response to years of socio-political change.  Onobrakpeya is truly a Nigerian living legend, worthy of celebration!
Exhibition runs from December 12th, 2015  to January 23rd, 2016
Opening: December 12th, 2015
Artist Talk: January 16th, 2016, 2pm

Exhibition Curated by Sandra Mbanefo Obiago