Kunle Adeyemi’s Innovative Testament exhibition opens in Lagos

Dr Kunle Adeyemi will today, Sunday 18 June present his solo exhibition titled “Innovative Testament” at Tim & Carol Art Gallery, Ikeja GRA through to Sunday 2 July 2023.

Curated by Moses Ohiomokhare, the exhibition which begins at 4 pm,u shers in new vistas of conversations couched in Dr. Adeyemi’s creative ingenuity in diverse media, including three-dimensional artistic configurations with a fusion of printmaking, sculpture, textile designs, surreal, digital, among others.

In an invitation shared on social media, the artist said the Special Guest of Honour is Mrs Mfon Ekong Usoro, Managing Partner, Paul Usoro & Co. 

Kunle Adeyemi is a household name, especially, in the arts community and the academia-two worlds which he has tenaciously dedicated himself to for decades. With over 85 joint exhibitions and 20 solo shows in Nigeria and other countries such as Sweden, Adeyemi has not only proved his mettle, but has been instrumental to the rise of many artists some of whom were his students at Yaba College of Technology where he lectures and once served as Dean, School of Arts, Design and Printing Technology.

According to the iconic artist, whose last solo exhibition was about five years ago, Innovative Testament will feature about 40 works that are sure to resonate with lovers of art from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds as the dominant motifs reveal man’s intermingling with nature, recollected from the artist’s reminisces of childhood memories.

Most of the artworks are couched in emblematic figures and motifs that inspire fascinating conversations with inspiration drawn from traditional art forms, historic events, culture, nature and nurture, spirituality and contemporary socio-cultural and economic issues such as “the japa syndrome” and vexatious government policies like the naira redesign saga.

Some of the works, especially the set titled, “Dialogue with Nature Series” depict thematic concerns such as the beauty of nature and contentment. There are also traditional motifs drawn from nature, oral history, commercial activities, epic wars, weaving and social interactions.


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