The “Connections” exhibition presented two artists whose subtle lines and texture, kinetic color and unique materiality brought the vibrant Lagos art scene closer to the global need to keep connected, linked and inter-dependent. The body of thirty-seven expertly crafted works on canvas and wood were fresh expressions by two artists whose worldview touches on important social issues including gender equality, girl child education, and security.
Mid-career artist Uchay Joel Chima graduated from the Institute of Management & Technology in Enugu in 1997 majoring in painting, and has had numerous successful shows and art residencies in Canada, the United States and Europe. His works were featured at the Museum of African Culture in Maine, USA this year, and have been part of numerous international auctions including Bonhams in the UK. In Connections, he presents intricate and delicately drawn human figures created out of string on subtle color backgrounds.
Presenting with Chima is Jimmy Uche Nwanne, a Germany based Nigerian artist who graduated from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka with a degree in fine and applied arts in 2010. In Connections he presents large portraits of people in thought and motion on finely textured canvases that come alive with an amazing application of colour and finely inscribed poetry.