By JAPHET ALAKAM
The Lagos culture home, Terra Kulture, Lagos welcomed unusual visitors especially art patrons and collectors who has followed development in the art circle to the unique art exhibition organised by eight distinguished Nigerian visual artists tagged Distinction 2.
The artists who has distinguished themselves in their different callings in the art industry and with pedigrees as some of the best artists of their generation are doing this for the second time after their last outing last year which received critical acclaim and was highly rated, an action that made the sponsors and even the host to demand for another one.
Co- curated by Abiodun Olaku and Fidelis Odogwu, the exhibition which opened at the Lagos culture home, Terra Kulture, Lagos, on December 7, and will run till December 15 features works by the seven artists that participated last year, Abiodun Olaku, Bunmi Babatunde, Alex Nwokolo, Fidelis Odogwu, Edosa Ogiugo, Duke Asidere , Reuben Ugbine and a new entrant Olusegun Adejumo.
Speaking at a briefing for the show, one of the curators Abiodun Olaku said that it promises to be one of the best in town as artists who has practiced for twenty something to thirty something years will bring in their diligence to bear as they present their works to the public.
He stated that the project is a multipurpose driven, a commercial as well as an intellectual venture that will keep the people going.
A look at the credentials of the artists portrays the picture of a set of artists who believe in perfection; artists whose impeccable approach to style and attitude to their profession have been considered luminous and extraordinarily flawless and brilliant over the years.
Continuing, he stated that the exhibition is a means to present their brands in a more modest way and also to elevate the quality of practice.
The exhibition which is supported by Trojan Estate, a dependable ally who the chairman is also a good collector, will feature over 50 works by five painters and three sculptors, who will in their usual way bring the mastery of their work to display.
Some of the works displayed includes: Golden bath; Lingerine memories and The Trade delegations by Abiodun Olaku, Bata dance, Beyond limits and Omo Oge by Bunmi Babatunde, Crystallization, Who Am I and Shine your Eyes by Fidelis Odogwu, Picyure perfect, Badagry blues and Six Kilometers by Segun Adejumo. Others are Another perspective, Perfect shot,Marketing Sauve and My Neighbour by Edosa Ogiugo, Duke Asidere,s work include Before Night fall, The Syndrome and Not a straight night.
Reuben Ugbine had Contortionism, Ecstacy and Masquerade while Alex Nwokolo’ s workm include Celestial visitors. Morning light and Transition. In all the artist presented some of their best, expressing their creative acumen and mastery of the their works, which will be a bonus for art collectors and lovers who will visit the exhibition hall for the show.
For the new entrant, Adejuwo who confessed that he was attracted because of the fact that the first outing was well packaged and branded said, “last year’s exhibition was one of the best I have seen in terms of display of works, so I felt like joining them.”
Alex Nwokolo on his part said that it is a privilege to be part of Distinction 2, describing it as a collection of very interesting artists who has made their marks in the art industry.