Matters of EssenceSalon Show 7 - 21 May 2022 kó is pleased to present Matters of Essence- a forthcoming salon show exploring materiality and the significance of artistic practice in addressing societal issues through the works of Nigerian artists including Bunmi Babatunde, Gerald Chukwuma, and Ngozi Omeje, Obiora Anidi, Reuben Ugbine, Samuel Nnorom, Sabastine Ugwuoke, Victoria Udondian, and Wole...
Peju Alatise - Alafia4 - 30 Apr 2022 We are pleased to present ‘ALAFIA’, a solo exhibition of works by interdisciplinary artist Peju Alatise opening April 4-30, 2022. Reflecting on recent happenings and current realities, the exhibition dialogues with the concept of wellness, sound health, and freedom. It examines the idea and understanding of wellness in our world...
The Essential Jimo AkoloA Retrospective of Drawings and Paintings 15 Feb - 12 Mar 2022 kó Gallery is very delighted to present The Essential Jimo Akolo: A Retrospective of
Drawings and Paintings from 1961 to 2015.
For the first time in Lagos, kó will be presenting a rare Zaria Art School graduate of 1961, a
member of the Zaria Art Society. Considered by some scholars as a rebel of the “rebels”. Over
thirty-one drawings and paintings of the artist’s collection will be featured. The exhibition also has
works loaned from some private collectors in Nigeria that are also included in this show. In addition,
images of his early works in the collection of Bristol Museum, the University of Sussex, in Britain,
and Yemisi Shyllon Museum Nigeria will be included in the well-illustrated catalogue to give the art
community a rare glimpse into the artist’s creative oeuvre and his unspoken place on the stage of
contemporary Nigerian art.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jimo Akolo (b. 1935)
Jimo Akolo is a retired professor of art education who combined art teaching, administration, and a
vibrant art career like any of his contemporaries.
Born in Egbe, Kogi State, Nigeria, Jimo Bola Akolo’s artworks focus on indigenous cultural
traditions, and the depiction of everyday life. Working predominantly as a painter, Akolo’s work is
influenced by designs and patterns reminiscent of Hausa architecture and art. Renowned for his
unwavering adherence to the principles of individual artistic freedom, Akolo deeply engages with
the enchanting Zaria city scenery, landscapes and its people with refreshing aesthetic, and
philosophical perspective. Other subjects of interest are horse riders at festivals, and at war, festive
dancers, sportsmen, all rendered in loose brushstrokes, yet intense colours. His drawings are
expressed in strong and bold contemplative lines.
Jimo Akolo studied under Dennis Duerden, an education officer in the Nigerian Colonial Service at
Keffi Government College. During this period, he started painting and was
included in the 1956 exhibition Keffi Boys at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Jimo attended the Nigerian College of Arts, Science, and Technology, and was a founding member
of the Zaria Art Society, along with Yusuf Grillo, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Demas Nwoko, Uche Okeke.
He later studied at the Hornsey College of Art in London, and Indiana State University in
Bloomington. In 1966, he joined the faculty at Ahmadu Bello University where he taught for over
Akolo received Nigeria’s national Cultural Trophy and has participated in various exhibitions at the
Commonwealth Institute Art Gallery (London), National Gallery of Art (Nigeria), Nigerian Art Council,
second Havana Biennial (Cuba), Ohio State University Annual Symposium on African and West
(USA) among others.
Professor Jerry Buhari of the Department of Fine Art, Ahmadu Bello University is the curator of the
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Edozie Anedu | Joseph Obanubi | Stephen Tayo10 Dec 2020 - 9 Jan 2021 This exhibition includes new bodies of work that were developed during their residencies. While the global pandemic certainly created obstacles for the artist residencies at the Arthouse Foundation this year, these artists have developed new projects that explore the social and architectural fabric of the city, each experimenting with new...
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