By JAPHET ALAKAM
After successful hosting of series of exhibition in the nation’s seat of power, Abuja, Thoughts Pyramid Art Gallery, one of the leading art galleries in Abuja as part of its mission to exhibiting works of deep cultural and historical depths will from the 2nd to the 10th of December, 2010 awaken the sensibilities of art connoisseurs with another heart thrilling exhibition tagged, TIES : An exhibition of Paintings and Mixed Media.
The exhibition which promises to come with the message of oneness is part of the gallery’s contributions towards the unity of the country, even as she prepares for 2011 elections. It will feature about 40 works of 8 professional artists, consisting of four artists from the Iponri Studios and another four from across the nation.
The exhibiting artists are: Ade Odunfa, Bede Umeh, Bimbo Adenugba, Imoesi Imhonigie, Kehinde Oso, Kelani Abass, Osagie Aimufia and Tayo Olayode. Some of the works to be shown are ; Lafiaji , After the Rain, Idumota, Molue and Embrace by Bimbo Adenugba, He is watching, Men of Honour by Osagie; A place to pause by Imoesi Imhonigie ; Please help by Tayo Olayode and Synergy by Kelani Abass among others.
Speaking with art writers in Lagos recently, the curator of Thoughts Pyramid Art Gallery ,Ovie Omatsola disclosed that the idea of TIES came up when the Iponri Studios artists who have been doing it on their own for years decided to showcase their works with artists from other organisations. TIES as he stated means togetherness and is a bond among artists from different backgrounds coming together to make a statement.
“Ties as a symbolic and manifestation of the exhibition title is bringing together eight artists of different backgrounds and ethnic groups, who despite their ethnic aesthetic differences are speaking with one voice, though the medium of visual art, that the world, and indeed Nigeria should unite.” He said.
The curator, Omatsola also stated that the occasion which promises to be great will be chaired by Prof. Segun Adewuye, while Dr Lanre Babalola and Abdullahi Muku, DG of National Gallery will be the Guest of Honour and Special Guest of Honour respectively.
Speaking on behalf of the Iponri Studios Artists, Osagie Aimufia stated that the members of Iponri Studios usually do this exhibition yearly but that they decided to do it in a special way this year by uniting with others.
According to him “last year we did Togetherness which talked about the need for people to come together and this year, we come up with Ties and that is to make people really understand what we meant by what we started last year and that is why we have to go beyond Iponri by extending it to our colleagues. And that is what the unity is all about.”
For Bimbo Adenugba who spoke for non Iponri group, “I joined my colleagues in the exhibition because after a good look at the state of the nation, the euphoria of the 50th year celebration, we came up with the fact that the only thing that can move this nation forward is our unity,our coming together irrespective of tribe, language , religion or sex. And that is why we titled it TIES and it represents the unity the nation is actually looking for especially at this time of the election.”