THE official launch of a book, Onobrakpeya: Masks of the Flaming Arrows, an exceptional body of work which demonstrates the versatility of Professor Onobrakpeya’s works and showcases a broad range of masterpieces from his glittering career spanning over 50 years is scheduled to hold on Friday, May 16th, 2014 by 2.00 pm.
The organisers of the event, The Ford Foundation Office for West Africa disclosed that the event which will be graced by the crem de la creme of art community will take place at The Ford Foundation, Ten 105 Close, Banana Island, Ikoyi. It is compendium of essays by noted authors, interspersed with an astonishing array of sumptuous colour and black and white reproductions of drawings, paintings, prints, and installations by the artist, Bruce Onobrakpeya. Acknowledged as Africa’s master printmaker, Bruce Onobrakpeya belonged to the vanguard of the first generation of contemporary artists who were educated in colonial Nigeria, but who set the pace and standards for innovation and professionalism in a new, post-colonial space. Edited by Dele Jegede, noted art history professor and Onobrakpeya scholar, Onobrakpeya features insightful and critical contributions from scholars who include John Agberia, Osa Egonwa, Olakunle Filani, and Basil Nnamdi. Among the list of contributors also are Gani Odutokun, David Okpako,
Pat Oyelola, and Frank Ugiomoh.
The book features an inordinate amount of works by the artist, in an assortment of media, which include pen and ink, etching, serigraphy, plastocast, additive plastograph, and oil or acrylic on dipti- or tripti-linen. In addition to a body of work in mixed media and installation, the book also features notes by the artist on his work, as well as some of the poems that he has authored over the years on sundry topics, among which is the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa, leader of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. There is a comprehensive time-line on the creative and professional activities of Onobrakpeya since his first solo exhibition at Ughelli in 1959, to his current annual Harmattan workshops at Agbarha-Otor, his home town. Onobrakpeya gives a comprehensive overview of the work of the artist over time, with interviews and incisive essays that provide analysis of the context of production.”