During last week’s Social Media Week, I finally got round to visiting Nike Art Gallery in Lekki. I loved it. It was full of what I can only refer to as treasure! A fantastic array of African art all under one roof.
Sculpture, painting, metalwork; it had everything. I can certainly not do it just in words so here are a few pictures. There are four levels to discover new favourites. I don’t think it’s a one day only type of visit. I spent quite some time but will definitely be back to take more of it in.
On the tour we were introduced to many new artists on the scene as well as some of the old masters. I will look further into their work and write about some of them in later posts. One of my personal favourites was Joseph Eze, whose work I have seen before but I was unable to identify.
He does these beautiful women with threaded hair. They are beautifully adorned and interestingly each and every symbol/motif on the canvases has a meaning. I will explore further!
In the meantime, if you are in Lagos make sure you visit!Address: 2 Lekki-Epe Expy, Lekki, Nigeria Phone:+234 813 154 8613 Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm website: www.nikeartcenters.com/
Perhaps it is the architect in me that references Piet Mondrian. I am not claiming to be an artistic genius mind you, but I really do love the boldness of simplicity, stripes and block colours. Sometimes though, we have to add that extra dash of colour.
So check out our latest cushions or throw pillows as they seem to be called across the Atlantic. The Zebra Pop Cushions are made in Aso-oke our beloved woven textile from Southern Nigeria.
I am often asked which is my favourite Urbanknit bag or scarf and I always think that is like asking which is my favourite child! Still, this collection I LOVE.
The Rat Race
WHERE: Shoreditch, East London
WHEN: August 2013
Zak Ové Time Thief 2010
Mixed Media (Antique African mask / Various found objects) 210 x 75 cm / 82 5/8 x 29 1/2 in I Image courtesy Vigo Gallery www.vigogallery.com
I first came across this dude at the Contemporary African Art Fair in Somerset house last October and I was blown away. He had presence, he had swag and he was elegant all at the same time!
Zak Ové is based in London with roots in Trinidad. His work crosses between sculpture, film and photography. He is represented by the Vigo Gallery. Click to see more of his work and to find out more about the artist.
Vote for your favourite Childrens’ space out of these interesting entries.
Below are the finalists for the Best Children’s Space from professional designers. Voting ends on the 15th of July. Share images on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest using the sharing tools embedded beneath each image. Happy voting!
“The children’s bedroom is on two levels: the beds and study areas are tucked up into the roof space, while the lower floor is opened out to form a large play area. The playful rubber floor has colours from a favourite story book integrated into the layout.”
Not like I am biased but this entry by Openstudio Architects is pretty special! Go check it out and please vote!