Category: Folk art

POSTED IN Art, Art history, Culture, Drawn art, Folk art, Painting

Body Painting and the Art of Uli

By Tobijulo Onifade Growing up, I remember tattoos and body decoration being implied as a new Western thing which was a bit confusing as my grandmother as well as a few older people I knew had some of tattoos/body decorations, especially on their arms. As I grew older, I took an interest in Nigerian artistry […]

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Artist of the Week – Tobijulo Onifade

By Adefoyeke Ajao Tobijulo Onifade is an illustrator, surface artist and graphic designer. A graduate of University of Southampton’s Winchester School of Art, Onifade’s oeuvre includes digitally-enhanced prints, mosaic-inspired watercolour paintings, textile and upholstery design as well as a jewellery line named “Akun Joke” which is dedicated to making fascinating ornaments.     The Lagos-born […]

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Esther Mahlangu

By Tobijulo Onifade Esther Mahlangu is an 82-year-old South African female artist known for her Ndebele cultural art/murals. Armed with bright colours and geometrical shapes and patterns (done by hand, no ruler), Ms Mahlangu works have adorned different surfaces.   Picture by Seagram Pearce, behance.net   She started painting at the age of 9, taught […]

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Isaac Emokpae’s Panes of Contemplation

By Adefoyeke Ajao On December 3, 2017, “Transparent”, a solo exhibition of recent works by visual artist Isaac Emokpae opened at Rele Gallery. Although Transparent features work in a variety of media, the main attraction lies in its stained glass paintings. Emokpae favours this medium because “[stained] glass, through [its] reflective quality, give[s] a reverent […]

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