April 19, 2024

Alexies Galleries shows Ezeigwe in Monkey Business

Alexies Galleries shows Ezeigwe in Monkey Business

By Osa Mbonu-Amadi, Arts Editor

Ikechukwu Ezeigwe’s solo exhibition titled “Monkey Business” begins on Saturday, April 20, 2024 and runs till May 4, 2024 at Alexies Galleries, Akin Olugbade, off Idowu Martins Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Ezeigwe, who studied Fine Art, first at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (now Lagos State University of Education) and later at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, is a prolific painter who carved a niche for himself by adopting as his style, the use of heads of animals to represent the characters of the human beings he paints.

Mrs. Patty Mastrogiannis, Director of Alexies Galleries, told Vanguard that Ezeigwe’s paintings are fun works for collectors, “He is a young artist with a lot of potentials. We did a group show with him in 2022 and he sold out. So, I decided to give him a solo. We want to showcase him to the world.” Mrs. Mastrogiannis said she is looking forward to a sellout, a successful exhibition.

“I use animals to describe human behaviours. If you say somebody is a lion, you are symbolically saying that the person is bold, strong, domineering, etc. I use animals to describe human characteristics.

According to Alexies Gallery, social issues, politics, societal ills and economy are subjects of the paintings for the exhibition.

“Works that challenge societal norms and expectations are created to go beyond aesthetics. Visually representing and addressing controversial issues with intriguing compositions and zoomorphic-like concepts is what Ikechukwu Ezeigwe had portrayed in ‘Monkey Business.’”

know me very well for that,” the artist, Ikechukwu Ezeigwe said. He also said he is bringing 12 paintings to the solo exhibition.

One of the paintings for the exhibition is titled “Loot”, representing the plundering of African heritages and mineral resources by foreign nations. Another work is titled “Sinister Agenda”, which describes the two global pandemics the world experienced – the Spanish Flu (1918) and the COVID-19 (2020) – all with humans painted with heads of different animals.