For our first participation in the Art X Lagos art fair, from November 4 to 6, works by Matthew Eguavoen, Ousmane Niang, Jean David Nkot and Emma Odumade are showcased on our booth. 

Art X lagos AFIKARIS

The four artists explore new ways of portraiture, reflecting personal concerns alongside societal issues. Their artistic practice participates in renewing the genre and anchoring it into the contemporary era. They appropriate figuration to tell their stories while flirting with abstraction or borrowing from other disciplines such as photography. As contemporary artists, they feed their art with the richness and diversity of their environment.

Matthew Eguavoen (b. 1988, Nigeria) depicts his figurative and portrait subjects using a combination of oil paint, acrylic paint, charcoal, and graphite pencils to document stories that encompass the emotions and demeanor of his muse to the viewer of his work. Eguavoen uses his work to address the societal, economic, and political views across the complex intersectionality that Nigerians face in different facets of life. The constraint of societal ideology about life, on human existence and survival.

Emma Odumade (b. 2000, Nigeria) uses his art as therapy. He presents then a sensitive and confidential art – developed around hyper-realistic charcoal portraits. His work is closely related to his private life and concerns. The artist integrates his memories and emotions into his pieces. If the moments he evokes on his canvases might re-play a key event of his life, he always depicts a scene in which a change is taking place.

Ousmane Niang (b.1989, Senegal) offers solutions to the issues the contemporary world is facing. The artist’s works - didactic fables staging anthropomorphic animals - mirror contemporary society. The pointillism that characterises his work reveals rather than conceals. It suggests solutions to social problems and invites thought with a call to action. In his newest canvases, Niang breaks away from the figurative scenes he usually depicts and ventures toward compositions on the verge of abstraction, renewing his own style and vocabulary.

If Jean David Nkot (b. 1989, Cameroon) dedicates his large-scaled portraits to representing those whose work serves a consumption society with endless needs, he extends his research on ore extraction started in 2020 and leads a scientific work inspired by an archaeological approach. Whilst archaeology focuses on dead bodies and items from past civilisations buried underground, Jean David Nkot conducts what he calls archéologie des visages (archeology of the faces). Doing so, he explores and documents the life trajectory of people working under the ground, seeking the ores that will give life to the technological goods distributed over the world.

Thus, the stand of AFIKARIS proposes to reflect on painting in itself and the renewal of the genre.





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