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Lagos to London: Upcoming African Art Exhibitions in June [Part 2]

Check out our picks of the upcoming African art exhibitions in June currently on show at some of the world’s best art galleries.




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.


About The Gallery Of African Art (GAFRA):

The Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) aims to present established and emerging artists to new audiences within the global art market.

Exhibition Information:

Private View: Thursday, 22nd June | 6 – 9pm

Exhibition: 23rd June – 9th September 2017

Visitor Information

Opening times: Monday – Friday, 10am-6pm | Saturday, 11am-5pm

Admission: FREE

Gallery of African Art (GAFRA), 45 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JL

Nearest Underground Station: Green Park (Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)




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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
Telephone: +44 [0]20 7637 1133


There is also an entrance to the gallery at

36 Newman Street, London W1T 1QH

Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday 11-7pm
Saturday 11–6pm


General enquiriesinfo@rosenfeldporcini.com

Press enquiriespress@rosenfeldporcini.com

Johannesburg to Lagos: Upcoming African Art Exhibitions Summer 2017 [Part 1]

We love June so much. Not just for the lasting sunshine but for the incredible African art exhibitions happening around the globe. Whether you an African art dealer, enthusiast, gallery owner or even an artist, you can’t afford to miss this.

From modern and fancy, to classical and serene, we’ve got your next art outing sorted.

Here are our picks of highly anticipated art exhibitions at Africa’s leading art galleries that you must not miss:



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10 June – 1 July 2017

In The Rhetoric of the Image, Roland Barthes defines the advertising image as the most ‘intentional’ kind of image. Indeed, the messages behind adverts are direct and unambiguous to achieve their – supposedly – singular aim: selling the product.

Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist who works with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He joined Goodman Gallery in 2010 and has been exhibiting with the gallery since then.

You can’t deny the role of advertisements in our society. From influencing what we eat, wear, think, drink, dream and what we buy. While the tole of advertisers have sort of evolved drastically thanks to social media and analytics, this art exhibition sheds light on the role of black men in adverts.




In Ads Imitate Life, I expose the backward attitudes that continue to pervade American advertising, undermining the neat narrative of ‘progress’ that countries like the US hold dear.

– Hank Willis Thomas

Ads Imitate Life features work from three celebrated series by Hank Willis Thomas, titled: Branded, Unbranded: Reflections in Black Corporate America and Unbranded White Woman, allowing for an in-depth investigation into the visual language strategies of advertising and the cultural stereotypes in which they are rooted.





June 3 – August 30, 2017

Get the feeling that this would be a  good exhibition? Indeed we trust Temple Muse to deliver.

In a rare glimpse into her world, Titi Omoighe showcases the inner workings of her mind with 34 paintings in Modern Interpretations.

Omoighe’s works can be split in three main themes. Recent Works that show her ability to take risks and exploration of new techniques and subjects. The Hunter Series which is inspired by D.O. Fagunwa’s book “Ogboju Ode ninu Igbo Irunmale”, translated into English by Wole Soyinka as ‘Forest of a Thousand Daemons’. The final theme, Tradition & Culture focuses on the way of life of the African people, while also exploring the indigenous and focusing on different groups, values and cultures.




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This centre of this subject is hair – just you know. Gary Stephens is taking his talent to Johannesburg to showcase his works on African traditional hair-braiding. It doesn’t end there, the US born artist is also bringing hats, headscarves and contemporary urban style to Everard Gallery.

The first time we saw an exhibition focusing on hair was by the prolific Nigerian photographer J.D ‘Okhai Ojeikere. This was at the Venice Biennale a couple of years ago.

Stephens portrays women in head scarves or men wearing caps to focus attention on the power of these “everyday” symbols of African life.

The drawings capturing a view from behind, focus on the iconic power of a subject’s hair or hat instead of their specific facial features.

From a visual perspective, he is constantly drawn to patterns and visual rhythms, such as geometric repetitions, textile patterns, or botanical shapes.

If you’re in Johannesburg, go over to Everard and support this art exhibition. You don’t get to see ornate hairstyles and headdresses everyday.

Address: Everard Read / CIRCA Johannesburg 2 & 6 Jellicoe Avenue Johannesburg, 2196

Email: gallery@everard.co.za

Lagos to London: Here are the African Art Exhibitions You Can’t Miss

From Lagos to London, there are three major African art exhibitions you can’y afford to miss. Rele gallery is currently showcasing the works of Asiko. Gallery of African Art has opened their gallery for an exhibition that crosses boundaries and Omenka gallery will be displaying a hyperrealist art exhibition titled insanity.

Gallery of African Art: Africa My Africa

Connecting Boundaries is the theme of a new joint exhibition curated by the Gallery Of African Art (GAFRA) and Lahd Gallery. Each gallery is represented by two prominent artists, connecting an “invisible pyramid” that unites North, East and West Africa. The four artists featured all possess a unique kinship with Africa’s rich and ever-diversifying culture. GAFRA is pleased to present the Ethiopian artist Daniel Soresa and the Nigerian artist, Olayanju Dada. They are exhibited alongside Edward Akrout and Patrick Altes from Lahd Gallery.


Rele Gallery Lagos: The Adorned Series by Asiko

Over the weekend, Rele Gallery opened its doors to the public to celebrate the launch of the first solo exhibition in Nigeria for U.K based Nigerian photographer –  Asiko. The exhibition titled ‘The Adorned Series’ is a collection of 44 pieces that captures women in powerful poses. The photographer uses portraiture and mixed media to bring his vision to life.


On walking into the gallery, you are hit with ‘Ori Okan’, which is one of the mixed media works. In this particular piece, the model is in a contemplative pose and is beautifully adorned in intricate jewelry. It is a commentary on how various cultures adorn themselves and Asiko uses this as a means to explore female sensuality and strength. In this piece and with the rest, Asiko uses his lens to inspire the feeling of awe.

This exhibition is one that has to be experienced for oneself. This exhibition ends on 20 November .



Omenka Gallery: iNSaNiTY

Opening Wednesday November 12th and ending 23rd December, Omenka gallery opens iNSaNiTY, an exhibition that explores the theme of hyperrealist art.

The artists exhibiting are Seyi Alabi, Ayo Filade, Kenechukwu Nwadiogu, Oscar Ukonu, Alex Peter, Isimi Taiwo, Arinze Stanley, Ifeyinwa Joy Chiamonwu, Adeyemi David, Raji Abdul-Gaffar Bamidele.


African Design! Omenka Presents Status & Time By Yinka Ilori and Jade Folawiyo

Status and Time is a joint exhibition of recent work by leading London-based designers Yinka Ilori and Jade Folawiyo. Supported by the British Council, the exhibition features an installation of palm oil kegs, as well as a collection of intricate wall clocks referencing thought-provoking quotes on the theme of time and change.


Ilori specializes in up-cycling vintage furniture, inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that surrounded him as child. He is interested in exploring with the relationship between function and form and his work sits between traditional divisions of art and design. Bringing Nigerian verbal traditions into playful conversation with contemporary design, Yinka Ilori’s work touches on themes as various as hope, sexuality and social class.

Jade Folawiyo is a product designer who also draws inspiration from her Nigerian heritage. She focuses on accessories for the home produced in ceramic, glass or metal, and has a key interest in working with local artisans and reinterpreting traditional techniques.

Both artists negotiate their cultural identities, becoming part of an intimate conversation between Africa and the West, their work forming an important trajectory in the discourse of contemporary design from Nigeria.

Venue: Omenka Gallery 24, Modupe Alakija Crescent, Ikoyi,Lagos, Nigeria

Get Ready for LagosPhoto Festival 2015: Designing Futures

LagosPhoto is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria. The sixth edition is titled Designing Futures. The Festival will officially open its doors on on 24 October and will last until 27 November. LagosPhoto presents photography as it is embodied in the exploration of historical and contemporary issues, the promotion of social programmes, and the reclaiming of public spaces. Visitors of the LagosPhoto 2015 will see works from thirty-five photographers spanning eighteen countries.


LagosPhoto Festival Designing Futures positions the relationships between African design, the design of Africa and our understanding of how we may design Africa, as the platform to discuss our past, present and future intentions. With history, circumstance and fantasy as significant pointers of the lens-based projects exhibited, Designing Futures highlights crucial aspects of ‘making’ that come into play in African signs and design dialogues.


The making of image, identity, desire, ecology, and even culture are explored through advertising, textiles, portraiture, factual and conceptual photography; these offer tangible and esoteric backdrops to how we process, navigate and inhabit the realms of a future Africa.

“Making a plan is designing your future, crossing your fingers, praying… a pony tail, a choreography, the shape of countries like Mali.” – Cristina De Middel, LagosPhoto Curator

LagosPhoto will provide a platform for the development and education of contemporary photography in Africa by establishing mentorships and cross-cultural collaborations with local and international artists. The festival will alsoo feature events, exhibitions, workshops, artist presentations, discussions, screenings, and large scale outdoor installations in congested public spaces in Lagos.


LagosPhoto opens to the public on October 24th, 2015 at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. Satellite exhibition venues in arts and cultural spaces throughout the city extend to Omenka Gallery, Africans Artists’ Foundation, Stranger Lagos, Goethe-Institut, Nimbus Gallery, Alara Concept Store, A White Space Gallery, Yaba Tech, Quintessence. Outdoor exhibitions in public spaces in Lagos include Muri Okunola Park, Falomo Roundabout (Ikoyi), Awojobi Park (Onike), and Freedom Park.

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1:54 African Contemporary Art Fair Returns to London + Full List of Exhibitors

Another year, another spectacular display of African art at London’s Somerset House.

When we got the news that 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair was returning to London for its annual exhibition, we couldn’t help but start imagining the amount of art works and installations we will be seeing this year in London African art fair.

After a successful debut in New York earlier this year, the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will open at Somerset House this October, 15–18. The exhibition will be set across three elegant exhibition wings and will include 37 exhibitors. This year will see the showcase of international and local exhibitors dealing with African art and over art works from 150 contemporary artists from Africa and the African diaspora will be on display.

The third London edition will be designed by award-winning architectural and design studio RA Projects established in 2009 by architect Rashid Ali.

According to 1:54, “RA Projects will insert a series of richly coloured sculptural interventions across the East, South, and West Wings, while remaining sensitive to the architectural historicity of Somerset House, one of London’s finest Grade I listed buildings.”

To accompany the African art fair, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will also host FORUM, October 15–18, a critical four-day conversations series comprising artist talks, panel discussions and film screenings curated by Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director of RAW Material Company.

Exhibitors for the London African art fair will be coming from various countries like South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Kenya, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, France, Italy, Germany, the UK, the USA, as well as new additions like Spain, Sweden, Benin, and Angola.

The exciting highlight of the fair is the contribution of Hassan Hajjaj – Larache Studio, London. The Moroccan artist will transform the VIP Lounge into a vibrant and immersive salon in tribute to Moroccan interiors, fashion, and culture, edged with motifs of global commerce.

We are definitely looking forward to seeing the interior display as well as Ndidi Emefiele’s art works at Omenka Gallery’s stand.


Catch the full list of African art-focused galleries that will be exhibiting at the upcoming 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair:

(S)itor, Paris / Afronova, Johannesburg / Art Twenty One, Lagos / APALAZZOGALLERY, Brescia / ArtLabAfrica, Nairobi / ARTCO Gallery, Aachen / Axis Gallery, New York / CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg / Ed Cross Fine Art, London / Fondation Donwahi, Abidjan / Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris / Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan / Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris / Galerie Lelong, Paris / Galerie Maïa Muller, Paris / Galerie MAM, Douala / Galleri Flach, Stockholm / GALLERY AOP, Johannesburg / GVCC, Casablanca / In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc, Paris / Jack Bell Gallery, London / Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town / KooVha Gallery, Harare / MAGNIN-A, Paris / Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle / October Gallery, London / Omenka Gallery, Lagos / Primo Marella Gallery, Milan / Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid / Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis / Tamar Golan Gallery, Luanda / Tiwani Contemporary, London / Vigo Gallery, London.


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Omenka Gallery and Society of Nigerian Artists Exhibit at Art15 London

African artists are still on the global takeover.  From 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Venice Contemporary Art Biennale, Frieze and now to Art15 London, we are bringing more global African art exhibitions.

Here’s an amazing news for African art lovers. Art15, London’s  global annual art fair features Omenka Gallery and the Society of Nigerian Artists. The artists exhibiting are: Kimathi Donkor, Nathalie Mba Bikoro, Bdidi Emefiele, Nengi Omuku, Alex Nwokolo , Joseph Eze and more.

Don’t miss this chance to check out the art pieces of Africa’s talented artists.

Exhibitions dates: May 21-23 2015

Click on the photos below to find out where you can find their booths.


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October gallery also presents the latest work of Sokari Douglas Camp: Europe Supported by Africa and America
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Europe Supported by Africa and America is new work created especially for Art15 inspired by the work of William Blake. It’s composition with three female figures touching hands and supporting each other bore significance for Sokari. The central figure holds a long wreath which encourages the viewer to move around the drawing, noticing how the figures touch. The work also poses the question ‘Is Europe still at the centre of world politics?’ Sokari interprets this by representing three figures dressed in contemporary clothing remnant of high fashion currently in Nigeria. The wreath in Blake’s drawing is significantly replaced by a fuel hose.

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