TRUE – A joint exhibition by Ebuka Anyiam and Olawale Moses
Sep 30, 2023
Curated by, Adebimpe Owoyemi
“True” is a joint exhibition of drawings by Ebuka Anyiam and Olawale Moses. An exhibition of works that elicit a profound emotional and cultural response through mastered technique.
Ebuka Anyiam is a self-taught artist, prolific in the use of charcoal, pastel, and coffee on paper. He is currently exploring different fabrication of his creativity, he seems to have gained mastery of his above-mentioned medium. He has delved into different professions, academically, but his visual art practice gives him greater joy. His works are far from mere novelty, he is keenly aware of societal relevance in his delivery. One of his exhibiting works titled “Ada” ( the first female child in a family) is rendered unconventionally, by capturing tradition in modern times. “Ada” is captured in a modern attire(with traditional accessories) that is peculiar to a man, this signifies the transposed responsibilities that the first girl child takes on in the modern day. The oxeye sunflower and the blue balloon flowers on her attire also represent the fact that, among her much more manly responsibilities, her feminism is not lost or ignored.
Another of his work that elicits a profound feeling of deep reflection or contemplation is “Udo”, amazingly therapeutic.
Olawale Moses’ artistic journey has been fueled by a fervent passion for creativity and expression. He is formally trained at the Polytechnic of Ibadan as a visual artist. He started drawing at an early age, and even though he acquired and practiced other forms of visual art at the tertiary level, his focus has always been on the use of charcoal and graphite pencils on paper, focusing on visual, social cultural details in the average human experience. His muse is often people in his environs, with deep connections, living through their everyday activities.
He expressed the uniqueness of the intentional styling of hair in one of his works titled “Her self made braids”. in some cultures, hairstyles are made for identification and sometimes as a direct message. Moses spotted the uniqueness in this simple yet intentional detail in his muse and represented it vividly in its gorgeousness.
Another of his works titled “Graceful Innocence” evokes serenity, pure peace, and tranquility, capturing every innocence of the child.
Spoiler alert! Do not engage these works in any form other than live view, you will need to savor every contour on the skin, the shadow on every facial hair, the delicate highlight on each facial goosebumps, the brush of facial hair resting elegantly on the white background, the curls and strands of hair on the skin!
It is simply breathtaking!!!.
As you come to view the show, prepare to be inspired and experience the feelings that the works bequeath and also have a share of the artist’s time and creativity. Enjoy the show!
The gallery is recognized for its consistency in promoting young artists with great level of creativity and intriguing techniques, we pride ourselves in promoting works of art that are not only aesthetically appealing but also resonates with its audience, and have societal relevance with great value appreciation.
Having the above as a virtue, we present to you, “True”. “True” is a joint exhibition of drawings by Ebuka Anyiam and Olawale Moses. Ebuka Anyiam is a self-taught artist, prolific in the use of charcoal, pastel, and coffee on paper. Moses is formally trained at the Polytechnic of Ibadan as a visual artist. He started drawing at an early age. This is their first exhibition with the gallery, an intriguing first show!
These emerging artistic voices came so strong and loud. It captivates the hearts and minds of art enthusiasts.
We are also pleased to announce that the gallery will be partnering with “Little Sisters of the Poor”, an NGO that offers the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be cared for to the end of their lives, buy contributing part of the exhibition proceed.
Enjoy the show, resonate with them, and take advantage of these early works for greater worth and collectability.
Patty Chidiac Mastrogiannis,
Founder, Alexis Galleries.