For Its Oc­to­ber Rain, SNA Cel­e­brates Icons Of Art

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - VISUAL ARTS - By Eniola Daniel

THE So­ci­ety of Nige­rian Artists (SNA) will next week, roll out the drums to cel­e­brate two of Nige­ria’s iconic artists, Prof. Yusuf Grillo and Prof. Abay­omi Bar­ber, at this year’s Oc­to­ber’s Rain Ex­hi­bi­tion hold­ing at the Thought Pyra­mid, Ikoyi, La­gos.

The show will run from Oc­to­ber 20 to Oc­to­ber 26.

Oc­to­ber Rain is a yearly event put to­gether by the artists’ body to show­case mem­bers’ work and cel­e­brate peo­ple who have con­trib­uted to the growth of art in Nige­ria.

In 2016, the show cel­e­brated the art pa­tron and one of the coun­try’s big­gest col­lec­tors, the late Sammy Olag­baju, while in 2017; it was an­other pa­tron of the art, the late Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi.

Oc­to­ber Rain has equally served as a plat­form for young artists to launch their ca­reers. Over the years, it has main­tained a rep­u­ta­tion of high level of pro­fes­sion­al­ism in cre­ativ­ity and crafts­man­ship.

Speak­ing to The Guardian, SNA Chair­man, La­gos State chap­ter, Idowu Son­aya, said, “this ex­hi­bi­tion is meant to show­case the artists works, tal­ents and to pro­mote them. For the es­tab­lished artists, it is meant to fur­ther pro­mote them. It is also meant to add to the tourism value of La­gos State.”

For art col­lec­tors that pre­fer to have pri­vate view­ing be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion con­cern­ing the work they want to buy, Oc­to­ber 19 is their date.

“The beau­ti­ful thing about this year’s show is that we are hon­our­ing two of the coun­try’s big­gest artists for their con­tri­bu­tion to the devel­op­ment of art ed­u­ca­tion and pro­fes­sional prac­tise,” Son­aya said.

Grillo was the first and found­ing Pres­i­dent of SNA in 1963, while Prof. Bar­ber, who will be 90 years old on Oc­to­ber 23, 2018, pio- neered the es­tab­lish­ment of a vis­ual art train­ing school at the Uni­ver­sity of La­gos in 1973, with Muri Ade­jimi as his first stu­dent. To­day, the Uni­ver­sity of La­gos has a vi­brant depart­ment of creative arts.

This year’s show has over 100 artists par­tic­i­pat­ing. They in­clude, Ko­lade Oshi­nowo, Banjo Fa­suyi, Bruce Onabrakpeya, Nike Okun­daye, David Dale and Abay­omi Bar­ber on dis­play. Also show­ing are, Abio­dun Olaku, Bunmi Ba­batunde, Sam Ovraiti, Olu Ajayi, Kunle Adeyemi, Mufu Oni­fade, Oladapo Afo­layan, Do­tun Alabi, Damola Ade­poju, Son­aya, Ajayi Porter, Bo­laji Ogunwo, Udenta Omo­ligho, Stella Mo­fu­nanya, Michael Fashakin, An­thony Nwalupue, Ge­orge Tay­lor and many oth­ers.

Bruce Onabrakpeya, Erhi Guardian An­gel i, ii, iii (418 cm x 267 cm) 2018

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