Abiodun Olaku (Nigerian, born 1958) 'Ibadan'

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Lot 6*
Abiodun Olaku
(Nigerian, born 1958)
'Ibadan'

£ 4,000 - 6,000
US$ 5,000 - 7,500

Africa Now

21 May 2014, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

Abiodun Olaku (Nigerian, born 1958)
'Ibadan'
signed and dated 'Olaku.A.O. / 95-96' (lower right)
oil on canvas
90 x 132cm (35 7/16 x 51 15/16in).

Footnotes

  • Famed for his highly-finished and detailed depictions of Nigeria's cities and landscapes, Abiodun Olaku is generally considered one of the country's most accomplished oil painters. His meticulous attention to detail and thorough draughtsmanship are rare in a world where Nigerian art is "the flavour of the month", says Anshu Bahanda, Founder of Aabru Art, "[too frequently] artists are being tempted by huge demand to deliver work as soon as possible".

    Olaku openly asserts that he does not allow current or emerging trends to influence his aesthetic. He aims to create works that will stand the test of time, and leave an "indelible artistic legacy". Olaku largely works in the traditional medium of oil; however, his work is not stuck in the past. Open to innovation, the artist explores new horizons within established methods and techniques.

    The current lot depicts a busy street in the heart of Ibadan. Under British colonial rule, Ibadan had been the centre of administration and a pivotal trading hub. Olaku's view shows that the town has lost none of its vitality. The birds-eye perspective gives the work a timeless quality. The small, bustling figures of people on the street are not individualised. Olaku is not attempting to capture Ibadan at a particular point in time; this is a celebration of the energy and human endeavour that the city represents.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY
    A. Bahanda, 'Sources of Inspiration of the Artists', Aabru Art, 23 July 2013.
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