By Japhet Alakam
Uche Nwosu is not new to the art circle, he studied Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (South-Eastern Nigeria) specialising in Painting. And ever since his graduation, Uche who works at the National Gallery of Art as a Chief Research Officer has been a prominent player and has participated in local and international exhibitions until he was attacked by a strange illness, which nearly shattered his career.
BUT in his determined bid to continue in the business, the young painter is heralding his come back to the art scene with a solo exhibition titled, Shadows, Mountains and Valleys- Religion and Tours. The exhibition which will be his first since surviving from the sickness is scheduled to take place at Aina Onabulu Building at the National Gallery, Igunmu from the 12th of October to the 26th.
The exhibition will feature about 30 works that will show his new engagement with bolder form, colour and motifs even as he tackles abstract subjects steeped in religion and philosophy.
Some of the works include: State of Ikenga, Mirrow, Doctrine and others. Looking at the works, one will be surprised at how he handles them, but he said that it is through struggle. According to him, he struggles to paint and with the aid of a young man from Universal Studios who provides him the canvass he was able to come out with the works.
Though the works have changed from his original style , they are good improvement because Nwosu appears to be starting afresh. This is quite commendable.
Speaking at a press conference to herald his coming show, Uche stated that the exhibition is intended to prove to people that failing sick does not mean the end of the world. “After many years in the dark, I want to use this exhibition to tell people that I can still do something .”He said.
He also pointed out that the title, Shadows, Mountains and Valleys is all about life and its struggles, where one finds oneself on top today, and tomorrow one is down. Using what happened to him as a case study, Uche chose that to let people know that life is just like that .
And on the sub- theme Religion and Tours he added that the project is not designed to promote or disparage any of the two major subjects of the theme – Religion and Tours, but rather, intends to arouse people’s consciousness towards a better appreciation of how togetherness and separateness have constantly affected living and conscious existence.
“Sometimes our ignorance of how these two concepts work together leads to wasteful expending of great efforts and resources to maintaining unnecessary relationship while paying inadequate attention to the cultivation of much more resourceful alliances. Religion which is supposed to be the guiding light for all has become a devourer to individuals and society at large ;hence the need to look back and ask questions.” He explained.