Yusuf Adebayo Grillo (Nigerian, born 1934) Harvest 37 3/8 x 24 5/8in (95 x 62.5cm)

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Lot 35
Yusuf Adebayo Grillo
(Nigerian, born 1934)
Harvest 37 3/8 x 24 5/8in (95 x 62.5cm)

Sold for US$ 30,500 inc. premium
Yusuf Adebayo Grillo (Nigerian, born 1934)
Harvest
oil on board
37 3/8 x 24 5/8in (95 x 62.5cm)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Purchased by the current owner from the artist's studio at Yaba in 1965.

    Born in 1934 in the Brazilian quarters of Lagos, Yusuf Grillo went on to become one of the most influential figures in Nigerian art. After studying extensively in Nigeria and the UK, Grillo became the Head of the Department of Art and Printing at Yaba College of Technology, a post he retained for more than 25 years. In Nigeria, Grillo's stained glass and mosaic works have been commissioned for a number of public buildings including churches, universities, government buildings and the Murtala Mohammed International airport.

    Grillo is not a prolific painter, but as a member of the Zaria School, he is among Nigeria's most important artists. It can take him months or even years to work a painting to a state where he is comfortable letting it go. He takes his subject matter from human activity in the world around him, particularly the Yoruba world. "Grillo avoids photographic realism. Instead, he stylizes and elongates the figures in his painting who [sic] are easily identified by their slimness, elegance and grace which, according to him, represent the contemporary ideal of beauty in an urban setting."

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    Paul Chike Dike and Patricia Oyelola (eds.) Master of Masters Yusuf Grillo: His Life and Works (Nigeria 2006), p.53
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