Art is an unending source of income which unfortunately, not a lot of people have understood. Whether the economy is high or low, everybody needs art and that’s why we must develop it.
The Nigerian culture is rich enough with fine arts to add beauty to it but unfortunately, the art aspect of the culture has been left untapped.
Nollywood movie industry has created enough employment in the country art, creates value, and enriches the most recent franchise in our nation.
Some people are so talented that they highlight different problems with ease through art work to keep them in people’s consciousness.
When it comes to telling stories and arousing emotions through arts, some youngsters do it perfectly and TheSheet.ng has compiled a list of some of these artists that have shaped the art industry and are worth looking out for in 2017 for more exceptional works.
See Them below:
SANDRA MBANEFO OBIAGO:
Sandra Mbanefo Obiago is an art curator who is driven by the passion to strengthen the creative industry to develop the African continent. She is the founder and artistic director of SMO Contemporary Art, curating art exhibitions in non-traditional gallery spaces to promote the best of African art. Asides her love for art, Obiago is also a photographer, poet and award-winning filmmaker. Her photographs have been featured in many international publications as well as at the WWF-Canon Photo Agency. Her achievement so far points to the fact that she has so more in the offing which are worth looking out for in 2017.
ADEYINKA JOEL AKINGADE
36-year-old Adeyinka Joel Akingade is a graduate of Art from the Yaba College of Technology (Yaba Tech) in Lagos State and a deep lover of art whose works have gradually evolved “from realistic sketches, to painting like the masters, to slowly finding his own personality and expression in perforated perspectives.”
The renowned artist is well grounded in classical art which has made him a better artist over the years.
In his way of giving back to the society, Akingade trains young people with creative sensibilities and busy professional commitments and we think he has so much more to offer in 2017.
After studying Fashion Design and Technology at the London College of Fashion, Anthea Epelle, who is a self-taught artist began the journey into professional painting in 2007 and has redefined arts through some of her works.
She prefers abstract techniques in oil on canvas and draws inspiration from lines, shapes, patterns and textiles, texture, contrast, arrangement, and ethnicity.Her design influence is immediately evident in the way some of her ideas are expressed on canvas. Her work was featured in Nigeria, Our Nigeria, the 2011 Presidential Inauguration exhibition, and several of her works have been sold at auctions.
With the beauty expressed in some of his works, Isaac Emokpae is sure one of the artists to be looked out for in 2017. The Nigerian visual artist who studied art at the University of Lagos under Professor Abayome Barber focused on painting at University but has worked in fashion photography and journalistic photography for most of his working life. He is the son well known Nigerian modern artist, Erhabor Emokpae and while he has inherited much of his father’s flare he also carved out a strong name for himself in short time. Isaac has won awards such as the UNESCO “Save of Treasures” art competition in Troyes, France (1996) and the Hasselblad Masters (Semi Finalist Award) for Photography (2007).
He is increasingly known for his paintings on board and canvas, which have featured at Art House Contemporary Auctions (2013) and which touch on complex philosophical themes such as duality.
Talk about an artist who has passion for her job and Sophia Amara Obiago comes to mind. The 4th year International affairs student at the George Washington University in Washington DC, USA calls attention to various aspects of life through her works and volunteered at the African Artists Foundation and her work was exhibited at EnviroAfrica, as publicity materials at the 2012 Climate Change Conference in Doha.
She graduated with honors from College Alpin International Beau Soleil in Vilars, Switzerland in 2013.
Her enthusiasm is visibly expressed in her work as many have acknowledged her photographs are constructed and executed in a way that one gets the impression of an artist that cares about everything all at once. As a result, the work she produces is pointed, fearless and bold.
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