With Art Exhibition, Odama Gallery Sets to Launch

Yinka Olatunbosun

With the highly anticipated debut of its inaugural exhibition, titled Intersectionality in Art, Odama Art Gallery in the vibrant upscale Lagos neighbourhoods of Lekki Phase I is poised to assert itself as the premier destination for art enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Indeed, with its clear vision centred on championing a wide array of creative expressions from both local talents and artists on the global stage, the gallery seems to have all it takes to curate a distinctive ambiance that seamlessly blends artistic innovation, cultural immersion, and recreational indulgence. Thus, by providing a dynamic platform for artistic discovery and dialogue, it hopes to serve as a dynamic nexus for social engagement and cultural appreciation in the bustling city of Lagos.

Back to the exhibition, set against the backdrop of an airy gallery space, it will feature the engaging offerings of five local artists: Collins Akporode Abinoro, Theophilus Madaki, Ikechukwu Ezeigwe, Imomoh Asemokha, and Soile Olayimika, running from May 24 to May 31. For aficionados, the weeklong event will be akin to a sensory feast, delving into a curated collection that captures the artists’ vivid imaginations. With each stroke and sculpted form, the essence of their mastery unfolds, inviting guests to partake in a kaleidoscope of colours and concepts, forging timeless connections between art and audience. 

A close-up of the artists reveals a fascinating array of talent and diversity in their artistic journeys. Among them is Abinoro Akporode Collins, a 2019 graduate of sculpture from Auchi Polytechnic, whose innovative art pieces crafted from spoons caught the attention of the international art scene following a feature on BBC News. Notably, Collins’ accolades include being a finalist at the annual Life in My City Art Festival in 2013, participating in the African Art Month Residency and Exhibition, and showcasing his work at the Historical Festival by Art Hub in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Additionally, his participation at the King Abdulazeez Camel Festival in Saudi Arabia alongside 43 other global artists marked a milestone in his career.

Madaki, an art graduate of Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, is celebrated for his vibrant figurative paintings that celebrate the allure of black skin. With a portfolio brimming with beauty and colour, Madaki’s artistic prowess has garnered recognition through various exhibitions and art competitions, culminating in his debut solo exhibition, “The Root,” in 2021, which captivated audiences both at home and abroad.

Ezeigwe, a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, distinguishes himself through his experimental artistic style that skillfully attributes human characteristics to animals, resulting in captivating hybrid creatures. The sale of his piece “Napoleon” at a prestigious Bonhams auction in 2020 solidified his position as an artist to watch.

Imomoh, a fellow alumnus of Obafemi Awolowo University, showcases his unique perspective through introspective cubist paintings that emphasise limbs and torsos. With a penchant for exhibitions, Imomoh continually pushes the boundaries of traditional art forms.

Completing the ensemble is Olayimika Soile, a graduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University, whose captivating works resonate within the local art scene, embodying a fusion of creativity and cultural expression.

Amidst the elegant ambiance of the chic gallery adorned with exquisite artwork, guests will be immersed in an enchanting evening at the glamorous cocktail party. This extraordinary celebration of art, culture, and networking is set to unfold as a grand affair within the captivating walls of Unarenabylvg Lagos. As anticipation builds, the statement echoes the enthusiasm of Tommy Odama, the chairman of the board of directors of Unarenabylvg Lagos, eagerly expressing the gallery’s commitment to showcasing the vibrant tapestry of the local art scene. 

“We are thrilled to host this exceptional exhibition, which highlights the diversity and richness of the local art scene,” a statement from the gallery quotes him as saying. “Our gallery is dedicated to promoting and showcasing the finest works of art, and we are excited to provide a platform for these talented artists to share their creations with the world.”

With an unwavering dedication to presenting the pinnacle of artistic endeavours, the gallery stands as a beacon, illuminating the path for talented artists to unveil their masterpieces to a global audience.

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