Nigerian Art has a long and fascinating history. From the Benin Bronzes, a collection of more than a thousand metal plaques and sculptures that decorated the royal palace of the Kingdom of Benin from the 13 century, through to influential 20th century artists like Ben Enwonwu and present day contemporary pioneers.
One artist leading the way today, is Sam Ebohon.
Sam studied and graduated from one of Nigerians’ oldest and prestigious art schools in 1990 and has gone on to produce many great works of art in different mediums.
He uses kinetic brushworks to creates a blurry effect that acts to both veil and reveal beauty and elegance simultaneously.
These painterly explorations definitively point toward a contemporary African concept of the sublime.
Compact straight dashes combine with short strokes to dissolve into naturalistic forms seeking to define human existence within various thematic and social contexts.
By creating a balance between technique and visual drama, his artworks evoke playful visual effects through their use of seemingly out-of-focus imagery.
As if seen through a glass prism, the images expand into reflections of motion.
In 2009 Ebohon was awarded the Gold Medal Prize at the Caterina de Medici painting competition in Florence.
He lives and works from his home studio in Lagos. Nigeria.