By John Chukwuma Ajakah
The School of Art, Design and Printing Technology, Yaba College of Technology will from Friday, February 23 to March 22, 2018 host a series of art exhibition shows. In a press briefing last Thursday at the Yusuf Grillo Art Gallery, the planned venue of the exhibition, the Exhibition Committee headed by Mr. Pius Egiolamhen unveiled the programme of events for the art show.
Egiolamhen revealed that the exhibition was organised to honour Kolade Oshinowo, a distinguished scholar, veteran artist and former Deputy Rector of the college. He said Oshinowo deserves to be celebrated as a renowned artist, erudite scholar and for his immense contributions to the development of the art industry. The event was also meant to resuscitate the annual art exhibition which the school started in 1989. “We are conscious of the fact that contemporary art is moving towards the direction of science and it is an opportunity for the artists to collaborate with other schools in the college in areas of design and fabrication to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.”
The art educators hope to use the exhibition with the theme: Tribute to Oshinowo @ 70 to ride on the momentum created by the festivities heralding the legend’s entry into septuagenarian age bracket, to sustain the drive for adequate awareness and appreciation of visual art. Secretary to the committee and curator, Mr Taiwo Shorunke, a graphic artist, remarked that the exhibition will provide art lecturers the ideal platform to showcase the innovations in their field.
The artists scheduled to feature at the exhibition include Adeola Balogun, Adetayo Olubunmi, Lemon Abigail, Pius Egiolamhen, Ndubuisi Chinyere, Adeyemo Akeem, Kunle Adeyemi, Emmanuel Irokanulo, Raqib Bashorun, Shoyinka Grace, Mike Omoighe, Olu Amoda, Rukeme Noserime and Sorunke Taiwo.
In his remark, the Dean of School of Arts, Dr Kunle Adeyemi called for synergy of innovative ideas among schools of the college, particularly School of Arts and Engineering, to foster comprehensive development.
The curator of Quintessence Gallery, Ikoyi, and member of the Exhibition Committee, Mr Moses Ohiomokhare observed that there had been positive developments in the art industry in recent years especially with the collaborative efforts of the practitioners to situate Nigerian art among the best in the world.
Prior to the press briefing, Oshinowo was hosted earlier in the day at the Life Drawing Gallery of the college where professional artists keenly contested in a Life Drawing Project of his portrait as he sat as a model for over an hour.