Jerry Buhari Nigeria, b. 1959

Jerry Buhari’s artistic style is characterised by an abstract approach to forms, focusing on social and political issues in Nigeria and humanity in general, including corruption in the oil industry, environmental concerns, Boko Haram and the growing insecurity around the world.

Jerry Buhari is an artist, curator and professor of fine art at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. His work, sometimes serial in pursuit, often experiments with non-traditional materials and processes. He has become fascinated with creating site-specific installations and performance. His abstract works are known for their vibrant use of color to convey intensity and emotion. His abstract language is used as a vehicle to explore larger political and social themes.

In his Spillage series, Buhari plays with the dripping and smearing of paint as a metaphor for Nigeria’s oil crisis and its environmental impact. He seeks to raise conversations about the way we relate with ourselves as humans and the environment, in communicating how we could treat the planet as a partner, rather than as a resource that we can exploit.