By JAPHET ALAKAM
Alexis gallery located in Victoria Island is one of the vibrant galleries committed to the promotion of arts and artists in Africa. After successfully hosting series of exhibitions last year flagged off its 2014 exhibition calendar with an exhibition tagged Cupid, a group exhibition of paintings and sculptures.
The unique exhibition which can be described as a valentine special by the gallery targeted to keep the youths busy during the period opened at the Alexis Gallery, Victoria Island, Lagos on February 15th and will run to 21st.
The exhibition which is co curated by George Edozie and Patty Chidac Masttrogiannis features the works of 13 established and upcoming artists, most of them who are still working with their masters.
The exhibition involves artists coming from different schools, and is a way of making them to look beyond their masters to see how they will fair. Displayed were works done in varied media that shows the creative ingenuity of the artists. Which is an indication that they have actually demonstrated that giving the right environment they will make it.
Some of the works exhibited include Still Life 1 by Lawal Ismail; Uphills by Badejo Abiodun; Self Contain by Emeka Nwagbara, Aspiration by Salako Olajide; Night of Reflection by Akeem Adeleke, Ojuelegba by Owolabi Ayodele, First date by Oyewole Femi and Harmony, a sculptural piece depicting two love birds by Effiong Sunday.
Some of the works which are landscape, realistic etc talk about issues in their immediate environments but majority of them portray love an indication of the spirit of the season love. For example the piece titled First Date by Femi Oyewole who is under the tutelage of Biodon Olaku which depicts a middle aged woman in an eatery, browsing her phone in an unhappy mood. The lady was sitting in a table meant for two, an indication that her partner is not forthcoming.
Another work, a sculptural piece by Effiong Sunday titled Harmony showing two love birds, a male and female, The male opened its arm for the female to enter. Love indeed in action. Other works include, Aspiration, a little trying his hands on some objects preferably indicating his desire to be an engineer in future.
One of the curator, George Edozie disclosed that the show is a way of encouraging the young artists by providing space for them to exhibit their works. “Most of them have not been given that opportunity , but we are doing this to encourage them.” He added.
As usual the exhibition is sponsored by Veuve Clicquot, The homestores, Chocolate Royal , Arra Vineyards, Avenue suits, Cool FM, Wazobia FM, Nigeria Info.