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Sculpture dominates show as generations: The future masters returns to Mydrim

By Eniola Daniel
31 July 2022   |   2:22 am
In its fifth edition, Generations: The Future Masters returns to the Mydrim Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos from July 24 to August 8, 2022, as eight artists showcase a total of 48 works.

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In its fifth edition, Generations: The Future Masters returns to the Mydrim Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos from July 24 to August 8, 2022, as eight artists showcase a total of 48 works.

Four sculptors, two painters, one mosaic and one weaver present their works in a show designed to encourage young talents. Biodun Olakunmi birthed the idea six years ago in collaboration with Mydrim Gallery.
  
The artists are Shade Fagoruse, who is showing five works, Ayooluwa Akinrinola (five) and Unyime Edet (nine). Others include Wahab Aromire (five), Taiwo Abisola (three); Olaitan Daniel has the highest number of works and is showcasing 10 works.
 
Also, Samuel Edward is exhibiting five; Taiwo Abisola has three works and Oghenetega Ekpokpobe has six works for the show.
 
Speaking on the show, co-curator, Mydrim Gallery, David Oluwatoyin, described the exhibiting artists as stars to watch out for in the Nigerian art space. “Mydrim Gallery seeks to reproduce a generation of artists who can fit into the shoes of the older generation artists such as Kolawole Oshinowo, Yusuf Grillo, Bruce Onabrakpeya, among others, who have made their marks in arts both at local and international level.

   
Speaking on how the artists were selected, he said: “We usually put out an open call for artists to send in images of their works, but time did not permit us to do that, so, the artists were randomly picked because we’ve had our eyes on them for a long time.  The gallery looked at their works and they are unique. And from what they do, we could tell that as time goes by, the sky will be the starting point for them.
 
Aromire, a full-time studio artist and graduate of Fine Art from the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), majored in sculpture and also work in other medium, including painting.
 
The artist said his works represent the environment and the mindset. Ekpokpobe, a University of Benin-trained sculptor, said: “My works include Bravery, Break loose, Strength of Inner Beauty and others. So, most of my works are related to what we go through mentally, emotionally, financially, spiritually and in everyday activity.
  
Fagoruse, whose works depict the day-to-day activities of human beings, will document the business activities of people, especially the youths busying themselves win trending information technology devices.

Daniel, a graduate of the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, after graduation, started capturing moments and environments. “So, I decided to take my art to the streets where I had to paint from what I see and capture the mood and the essence of the environment.”