By Osa Amadi
Okunrin Meta, an exhibition of work that includes Ufuoma Evuarherhe, Bolaji Ogunwo and Abiola Idowu opens on October 8 and runs until October 25, 2021, at Faie Afrikanart, 1005 E 45rd Street, Chicago.
The exhibition, subtitled “Resilience” is curated by Mrs. Faye Edwards of Faie Afrikanart Gallery. “Okunrin Meta,” says Mrs. Edwards, “is a Yoruba phrase meaning The Three Men.” She describes the three artists as “highly skilled with works that have been featured in high profile shows and galleries across the globe.”
Curator Edwards additionally reveals that the repertoire of the three artists is extensively held in non-public collections throughout Africa, United Kingdom, USA, France and Canada. She mentioned the three males are dedicated to the Yoruba tradition which is mirrored within the depth of their work.
According to Edwards, “the symbols, colors and energy (of the works) engage the viewers at a visceral level. You are drawn into the rhythms of culture and texture on their canvases.”
In addition to their modern parts, the works of the artists additionally converse of the historical past and tradition of the Yoruba.
Ufuoma Evuarherhe, a full-time studio artists and graduate of Yaba College of Technology and University of Benin might be displaying “The Return” (Acrylic on canvas, 91cm x 91 cm. 2021); “Shades of Beauty” (Acrylic on Canvas, 101 cm x 101 cm. 2017); “Aso Ebi Series” (Acrylic on Canvas, 91cm x 91 cm. 2020); “Water Front” (Acrylic on Canvas, 83 cm x 101 cm. 2021) and “Pure Joy” (Oil on Canvas, 91 cm x 107 cm. 2021).
Bolaji Ogunwo, who has a PhD in portray and is a lecturer on the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos (UNILAG), will current “Outlook” ((Acrylic on Canvas, 105 cm x 135 cm. 2021); “Resound” (Acrylic on Canvas, 105 cm x 135 cm. 2021); “Outside the Box” (Acrylic on Canvas, 105 cm x 135 cm. 2021); “Closer” (Oil on Canvas, 120 cm x 135 cm. 2020) and “The Flight” (Oil on Canvas 75 cm x 150 cm. 2021).
Abiola Idowu, a Nigerian/Canadian artist who skilled at UNILAG and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria will exhibit “Choice” (Mixed media on Canvas, 76 cm x 101 cm. 2021); “Sunrise” (Mixed media on Canvas, 76 cm x 101 cm. 2021); “Grace” (Mixed media on Canvas, 76 cm x 101 cm. 2021); “Determination” (Mixed media on Canvas, 76 cm x 101 cm. 2021) and “Who I am” (Mixed media on Canvas, 76 cm x 122 cm. 2020).