Artist Statement -

RASHEED AMODU Artist Statement
I started as a professional artist in 1985, before adding a Fine Arts degree, specializing in Painting, in 1991. One of my major aims is to wed creativity and artistic rendering in my artwork leading to diverse range of themes in my oeuvre. My graphic art background in Realism and my degree aided abstractions as well as impressionistic and expressionistic tendencies are often reflected in my artwork, which include my drawings, paintings, mixed media, and assemblages. I draw with pencil, charcoal, penink, and gouache on paper or embossed cards. My oil or acrylic paintings are usually on canvas. I do mixed media on paper, embossed card, and canvas. My assemblages are works produced with commonplace objects or personal items arranged and fixed on hardboard before being painted with oil or acrylic for aesthetic finesse. Some of the objects employed in my assemblages are beads, fabrics, combs, watches, straps, chains, cards, belts, spoons, forks, pens, ropes, lighters, shaving sticks, plugs, and bottle covers.
The sources of the images I used in my works are from my society, literature on African art and foreign cultures as well as personal synthesis. I employed my artwork to visually document the past and the present, thereby creating a link between the historical, modern and contemporary times. I want my audience to feel the unique African aura robed in a global fabric because Art crosses all boundaries. Originality is one of my creative goals. My peculiar aesthetic qualities will announce my works to the world as remarkable works of art.

Artist Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions “Final Year Exhibition of Art Works”, Solo Exhibition, Department of Fine Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. 1991Not Catalogued.
“Beyond The Basics”, Solo Exhibition, National Museum, Onikan, Lagos, Nigeria, October, 2007 Catalogued.
“Peculiar Parts”, Solo Exhibition, National Museum, Onikan, Lagos, Nigeria, November, 2008 Catalogued.
“Sacred Precinct”, Solo Exhibition, Yusuf Grillo Gallery, Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria, November, 2011 Catalogued.
“Wine and Connect with Rasheed Amodu”, Solo Exhibition, Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria, June, 2019 Catalogued.

Two Man Exhibition “Ona Teni Ola Treasures from Ona”, Two Man Exhibition, Russian Cultural Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos. May-June, 1997 Catalogued.

Exhibitions Selected “Best of Ife 95”, Joint Exhibition, Signature Art Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos. November, 1995 Catalogued.
“Regenerational Arts Exhibition”, Group Exhibition, Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos. December, 1995 Catalogued.
“Arts of Craft”, Group Exhibition, ICAL House, Badagry, Lagos. January, 1996 Not Catalogued.
“Arts Fair 96”, Group Exhibition, National Museum, Onikan, Lagos. April, 1996 Not Catalogued.
“Folklore Exhibition”, Group Exhibition, National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. May 1996 Catalogued.
“African Refugee Foundation AREF Exhibition”, Group Exhibition, AREF Centre, Ikeja, Lagos. June, 1996 Not Catalogued.
“Philadelphia International Art Expo”, Group Exhibition, October Gallery, Philadelphia, USA. October, 1996 Not Catalogued.
“Best of Ife 97”, Joint Exhibition, Goethe Institute Lagos, Victoria Island, Lagos. NovemberDecember, 1997 Catalogued.
“Experience Nigeria97”, Group Exhibition, Didi Museum, Victoria Island, Lagos. NovemberDecember, 1997 Catalogued.
“Best of Ife 98”, Joint Exhibition, Iola Gallery of Art, Victoria Island, Lagos. November, 1998 Not Catalogued.
“Threshold of Peace”, Group Exhibition, Drovans Hotel, Ibadan. February, 1999 Catalogued.
“Best of Ife 2000 - In the New Millennium Till Eternity”, Joint Exhibition Coordinator for Ife School, National Museum, Onikan, Lagos. April- May 2000 Catalogued.
“Best of Ife 2001”, Open Seminar and Exhibition, Ajibulu Moniya Gallery, Surulere, Lagos. December, 2001 Catalogued.
“Memorial Group Exhibition, In honour of Professor Cornelius O. Adepegba Late. Institute of African Studies, Univrsity of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State. October, 2002 Not Catalogued.
“Ife Art School in Retrospect”, A Travelling Exhibition of Ife Art School Artists as part of the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Fine Arts Department, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State held in Lagos and Ile-Ife, May- June 2005 Catalogued.
“Contemporary Nigerian Art A Tool For National Consciousness”, National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST 2005 Art Exhibition, One of the Selected Six Curators, The Ogun State Council for Arts and Culture, June 12 Cultural Center, Kuto, Abeokuta. December, 2005 Catalogued.
“Quintessence August Break 2009”, Group Exhibition, Quintessence Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos. August, 2009. Not Catalogued.
“October Rain 2010”, Joint Exhibition, Society of Nigerian Artists, Lagos State Chapter, Nike Art Gallery, Lekki, Lagos. October, 2010. Catalogued.
“Repositioning Visual Arts For Better Value”, Group Exhibition, Reconnect Art Gallery, Ebute-Meta, Lagos. November, 2013. Catalogued.
“October Rain 2015”, Joint Exhibition, Society of Nigerian Artists, Lagos State Chapter, Nike Art Gallery, Lekki, Lagos. October, 2015. Not Catalogued.
“October Rain 2018”, Joint Exhibition, Society of Nigerian Artists, Lagos State Chapter, Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos. October, 2015. Catalogued.
“October Rain 2019”, Joint Exhibition, Society of Nigerian Artists, Lagos State Chapter, Freedom Park, Lagos Island, Lagos. October, 2019. Catalogued.

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