Temple Muse launched its first art exhibition of the year on March 23rd presenting stunning works by two of Nigeria’s most prominent artists - Kaneibi Osahenye and Rom Isichei. The exhibition of thirty five paintings and mixed media works showed an intense exploration of texture, colour, scale, style, and technique by two internationally recognized experimental artists.
Rom Isichei’s fifteen artworks are mostly figurative in composition, focusing on society’s self-obsession and excess consumerism while searching for ideal beauty. His large works are sometimes heavily textured, sculptural mixed media paintings in which he uses glue, sawdust, acrylic paste, even kitchen towels to build up tactile surfaces. At other times, we see a master painter at work, using intricate lines and strokes which are more classical in nature. His subjects look contemplative, while inhabiting a world of red energy which is expertly juxtaposed by quiet reflective gazes.
These works are juxtaposed with Kainebi’s intense exploration of the human condition through intricately layered, small and large collages of hundreds of eyes which have been cut out of paper and stuck across canvases painted with acrylic, enamel, and spray paint. Osahenye uses repetition and clustering of eyes to reflect on themes of spirituality, materiality, instability and redemption. Moving away from his usual large scale installations of found objects including water bottles, burnt, crushed and flattened beverage cans, the artist for the first time is showing a series of much smaller works.
Their works drew an eclectic audience of guests and collectors excited to view the impressive curation of these two established artists. Guests sipped on Ruinart Champagne whilst taking in the exhibition which will be on display till April 30th.