After series of successful solo and group exhibitions in and outside Nigeria, Auchi polytechnic trained painter, Emenike Ogwo is back on the exhibition hall with another solo tagged Life is beautiful, an exhibition of paintings.
In his last solo in 2013,tagged Observation, he somehow observed the events in and around him and his journey into art, and in this show which is scheduled to open on 7th November at TerraKulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, the artist who is noted for his high textured impastro form concluded that life is beautiful. The exhibition which is premised on positive social ethos, ethos always dignified, from time to time will run till 14th.
According to the artist, who is also using the show to celebrate his 50th birthday, the world is a beautiful place. God created it and made it so, but along the line man failed and things changed, but despite the ups and down a critical look at the world tells all that the world is beautiful.
It will feature 50 works, signifying one work for each year of his life. The works which are in his preferred media, Oil and acrylic on canvas and rhapsody on paper , a new innovation he is improving on that are characterized by an intrinsic aesthetic individuality. It features mostly works that capture the typical Nigerian market scenes, masquerades, keke napeps and mountain and trees. Some of the works include, Ososo, Okene , The Shepherd, Going up, Idumota, Ekpe masquerade, Last Bust stop, Marina car park, The Yellow Tricycle, Ijele masquerade and others.
With Life is beautiful, Ogwo who is also a painter and documentary photo artist enriches his impressive exhibition pedigree with new works that will affords art lovers another opportunity to own new works.
The works depicts some of the good and beautiful things around the country which the artist captured in the course of his journey of life. Ogwo confessed that some of the works were the offshorts of his journey to Abuja by road. He stated that as he drove, he saw the beautiful trees, landscapes, the mountains and rocks along Ososo and Okene, the real gift of nature and concluded to showcase such to the world. “Nigeria is a beautiful creation by God, but it is quite unfortunate that many only see the bad side of it, corruption, kidnapping, bad roads etc but I decided to focus on the positive side of it. That is why I came up with these beautiful works to show to the world that Life is beautiful,” he added.
For an artist, who has an optimistic philosophy and undoubtedly wants the society that finds realization in his art to enjoy something of that optimism and collective grace, viewers will have course to take something home at the end of the show.
Born in Abia State, Nigeria, Ogwo received his Higher School Certificate from the Federal School of Arts and Science and later the Ordinary National Diploma (OND) from Federal Polytechnic, in Oko, Anambra State and Higher National Diploma (HND) from Auchi Polytechnic, specialising in painting.