CONTEMPORARY ARTIST ;THEIR WORKS.
Aina Olabolu :art educator and painter
Cheif Aina Onabolu (now late) was born in Ijebu-ode in Ogun state, Nigeria in the year 1882. The general impression the Europeans were having about contemporary African art was that of primitive and lacked impact on orld civilization Onabolu grew up in the midst of that notion and was determined to prove the white people wrong. He started to practice art on his own in 1900 even when he was in government employment, first in the Marine and later in the Customs Department. He was able to draw and paint successfully even without any formal education in Art. Cheif Onabolu later travelled to England in 1920 to study art st. John’s wood art school, London and Julain academy in Paris. He returned to Nigeria after two years with a diploma in fine art such training gave him some knowledge in academic paintings, perspective and formal Eu.ropean Art Education. He was a pioneering Nigerian modern arts teacher and painter who was an important figure in the introduction of arts into the curriculum of secondary schools in the country. He was also the major figure in Nigeria that promoted the drawing of environmental forms in a verisimilitudinous style and was known for his early modern work in portraiture Works
Onabolu's major art works were portriats His portrait of Mrs Spencer Savage in 1906 is sometimes credited as one of the earliest outstanding work of art that used a western and modern style and technique. Another major work of his was the portrait of Mr Randle. The latter was his mentor who got his attention on the deleterious characteristics of colonialism which was accentuated with a segregationist governor in the person of Walter Egerton. Several of his portraits are held in the National Gallery of Modern Art, Lago. The major figures in his work were Lagos elites who were successful professionals in their field of work, and his work usually depicted a countenance of respect, achievement and status of his clients. However, his work was not limited to portraiture. In the 1930s, he worked with the Church of Christ in designing the pews of a new cathedral to be built in Lagos. He later produced pastel compositions and studies in the 1940s. AKINOLA LASEKAN; (painter and cartoonist)
He was born in Owo, in Ondo state of Nigeria in June 1916 and died in 1972, at the age of 56 . his father was from Owo while his mother was an Ipele-owo woman. He had his primary education at ST. Patrick’s Central School Owo, from where he obtained his First School leacing certificate in 1932. Lasekan taught in a Lower Primary School in his hometown for three years. Lasekan started practicing at from a very tender age , all on his own. He later took part in an art competition organised nationwide by the government and the winner was to be sent for further studies in an art school. Although he was successful in the competition ; the promise was never kept . he was disappointed and later resigned his appointment as a teacher and went to Lagos for greener pastures especially in the field of art.Lasekan went to England in 1945 where he studied art at Hammer Smith School of Art and in the studio of Messers Overseas Advertising Agency, London.
Akinola Lasekan’s works include the Political cartoons which featured daily in WEST AFRICAN PILOT newspaper founded by Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe before Independence, An oil painting called “The last political mission of Herbert Macaulay”, The story of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe in oil in canvas, and A pictorial and historical composition entitled “The return of Ajaka of Owo” painted in poster colour on paper among others.
CHEIF JIMOH AKOLO
Jimoh Akolo was born in 1935 in a town called Egbe, Kogi state. He had his...
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