Check out our picks of the upcoming African art exhibitions in June currently on show at some of the world’s best art galleries.
SOULS OF AZANIA
EXHIBITION OPENING AT GALLERY OF AFRICAN ART LONDON
22nd JUNE 2017
If you’re looking for an authentic African art exhibition in June then you mustn’t miss the exception Gallery of African Art. The Mayfair-based gallery will be featuring the work of Nelson Makamo.
Nelson Mkamo is a South African artist, based in Johannesburg and will be showcasing his first solo exhibition in the UK with Gallery of African Art.
We stopped by Gallery of African Art in Mayfair last week and they are on top of the preparation like i’ve never seen before. It’s a big deal!!!
If you’re keen to see some stunning portraiture, be there on the 22nd for the opening. We will not be missing the talk with the artist on Saturday, which is the most engaging part of an art showcase in our opinion anyway.
Makamo’s work is strongly influenced by the daily life of South Africans, with great emphasis on the portrayal of the innocence of children in the rural areas. Facial expressions, features, emotions, and body language all come to life in his canvas. The artist uses variety of mediums such as: charcoal, oil paints, watercolour, silkscreen, monotype printing techniques, and pen and ink.
The Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) aims to present established and emerging artists to new audiences within the global art market.
Private View: Thursday, 22nd June | 6 – 9pm
Exhibition: 23rd June – 9th September 2017
Opening times: Monday – Friday, 10am-6pm | Saturday, 11am-5pm
Gallery of African Art (GAFRA), 45 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JL
Nearest Underground Station: Green Park (Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)
BUBBLES OF EMOTIONS
Lagos is buzzing with interesting art exhibitions like never seen before.
In times where political and social awareness have become undeniably present in people’s mouth. This Lagos-based artist is bringing the topic to centre stage at Omenka Gallery.
Adeola Balogun will be showcasing Bubbles of Emotions from June 17 to July 1, 2017 at Omenka Gallery.
The artist Adeola Balogun describes Bubbles of Emotion as a body of work that attempt to reflect on heart-wrenching narratives both at my immediate environmental and at global space; the atmosphere has never been this charged! “Over the years, the polity had been polluted by bad governance; ethno-racism/nepotism, social injustice and corruption, all the vices becoming intractable and a constant barrage in our collective psyche. Frustration had led many to embark on perilous journey in foreign climes, seeking for greener pasture where it does not exist.”
I don’t think you’re allowed to leave this exhibition without feeling awake in terms of issues related to social justice and current affairs. Definitely one to go to.
9 JUNE – 15 JULY 2017
Ndidi for president…
London Gallery Rosenfeld Porcini is showcasing the art works of the incredible Nigerian artist Ndidi Emefiele for the first time. Although the art has held several art exhibitions across the world, this showcase comes just when we needed it.
We’ve seen Ndidi’s work evolve so beautifully. For the past 9 months, she has worked on a new body of work which is now on display in the Rosenfeld Porcini gallery space. As usual, her works centre primarily on independent, self-reliant, fun, free-spirit, assertive and combative characters. Created via mixed media and aimed to stir a conversation on the role of women within contemporary Nigerian society.
Ndidi’s works are influential and you will understand why many years to come.
If you haven’t seen Ndidi’s works before, this is the occasion to definitely pop over to Rosenfeld Porcini.
37 Rathbone Street, London W1T 1NZ
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