Sophia Omon Igbinovia is an emerging artist with a magic wand – a print artist practicing in an art sector dominated by males. Having trained at Auchi Polytechnics majoring in Graphics, she found solace in printmaking art and eventually moved on to hone her career under the great master, Professor Bruce Onobrakpeya. She has also participated severally in the Harmattan workshop, Delta State, improving on her creative ideas.
Omon, as she is simply called, is a member of the newly formed Visual Printmakers Association of Nigeria (VPAN). Her art practice has spanned with many exhibitions that include Nigerian/American arts exhibition, Nike Art gallery, Lagos, 2012; Ribbon art exhibition at Moore House, Ikoyi, Lagos in April 2016; the 2015 Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) and All Africa Music Award (AFRIMA) graphics design team; Faces and Phases, art exhibition at Terra culture, 2016; Onobrakpeya and the Harmattan Workshop Artists, 2016; Art-titude by Female Artists Association of Nigeria (FEAAN) south west zone, 2017 at Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos.
Breathing Art exhibition at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, 2017 and many others, with a recent one coming up in Abuja titled ‘Elimination of Violence against women and girls’ exhibition by the German Embassy in Nigeria. She will also participate in another upcoming exhibition by the VPAN members holding at Quintessence Gallery, Ikoyi soon.
Speaking about herself and her works, Omon said: “My artwork takes a critical view of our society, environment and everyday life activities around us. This is because our everyday life, beauty, waterside, festivals, etc., can be beautifully expressed through prints. My major focus is print art – that is printmaking and bead-painting, specifically the Additive plastograph and Metal foil process. My colours are vibrant and very attractive.
I also apply different techniques in my work which involves the use of my index finger to achieve unique effects and sometimes and application of colour strokes which is quite unsusal in print art. I am majoring in print art because it is an evolving art that is fast gaining global audience. I have a deep rooted desire to explore all facets of printmaking and develop new and varied techniques.
I sketch at whim and most times, those sketches develop into more in-depth ideas and detailed images for my master print art pieces. For me, working in Bruce Onobrakpeya’s studio was most inspirational, particularly as he discusses and reveals his printmaking techniques. Onobrakpeya’s unsurpassed craft and vision helped transform my works.
I am particularly fascinated by the use of Additive and Metal foil image series in my bead-paintings. Each was born out of necessity, and my fascination with the technical process provides a constant evolution of visual imagery.