MODERN INTERPRETATIONS by emerging female artist Titi Omoighe opens this weekend, on Saturday, the 3rd of June, 2017. The exhibition, which is curated by SMO Contemporary Art at Temple Muse, will showcase 34 sophisticated modernist paintings by Titi Omoighe, a little known academic whose interpretation of traditional philosophy, literature, and cultural identity, shows a refreshing maturity and nuanced artistic breadth.
Exhibition Opening: Saturday, June 3, 2017 [Exhibition runs till August 30, 2017]
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Venue: Temple Muse, 21 Amodu Tijani, Victoria Island, Lagos
MODERN INTERPRETATIONS will be an interesting showcase as it presents the artist’s earlier and more recent works whose differences are distinct while her style remains interestingly recognisable. Omoighe’s recent works show her exploring abstract techniques using splashes and dribbles of color, reminiscent of Jackson Pollock’s style, and drawing on her fascination with water based pigments and the linear features on traditional textiles, pottery and wall paintings. While her earlier, more impressionistic Hunter Series was inspired by D.O. Fagunwa’s Yoruba literary classic, ‘Forest of a Thousand Daemons’, which was eventually translated into English by Nigeria’s Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.
“Titi’s canvases reflect both the physical action of characters in search of higher meaning while engulfed in “other-worldly” adventure, as well as deftly draws us into the emotional and spiritual landscapes of memory, longing and revelation,” says Sandra Mbanefo Obiago, the exhibition’s curator.
The exhibition is sponsored by luxury house, Moet Hennessey, and runs until August 30, 2017.
Praise for the Artist, Titi Omoighe
“If Titilayo follows in the footsteps of the Abstract Expressionists, she takes their ideas in a new direction, imbuing them with a distinctly personal flavor and African subject matter,” – Dr. Jean Borgatti, Consulting Curator of the Fitchburg Art Museum in the United States, and Professor at the University of Benin, where Omoighe is currently pursuing her doctoral studies.
“Titi is a hunter and she is really catching what she aims at. Her works are very deep, interesting, beautiful, thoughtful and very mature. ” – Professor Yusuf Grillo
“Titi’s works are sophisticated and have a global appeal. We are delighted to present an emerging artist with strong historical sensibility, who is able to present Nigeria’s rich culture through a finely honed, fresh creative voice, which many have never heard before.” – Avi Wadhwani, CEO of Temple Muse, an avant-garde design space and Lagos creative-hub
About the Artist
Titilayo Omoighe (born 1966) is one of Nigeria’s best kept art secrets. She grew up in Lagos and graduated from the Yaba College of Technology with a Higher National Diploma in Painting in 1989, being awarded the Best Life Drawing Student Award of the year. She completed her national service in Kano where she received the Kano State NYSC Award before starting a career as Artist and Designer at the Nigerian Television Authority NTA in Lagos and Abeokuta. She created iconic set designs for news, theatre, adverts, and beauty pageants on television and at the National Theatre in Lagos. She was awarded the 1st Prize URTNA Nelson Mandela Trophy Design Award in Nairobi in 1992. After twenty years working in television and completing a Master of Fine Art (MFA) in Painting at the University of Benin in 2013, Titi returned to her alma matter as a lecturer in painting and drawing. She has taken part in numerous exhibitions in Nigeria and spends her time painting, writing, and lecturing. Titi is married to fellow artist, Mike Omoighe, and has three children.
Top Featured Artwork: Elders Gathering, Acrylic on canvas, 122 x 90, 2014 [by Titi Omoighe]