Alexis Galleries presents
Talking Canvases

An Exhibition by
Dr. John Oyedemi

CURATOR

Patty Chidiac-Mastrogiannis

CO-CURATOR/CATALOGUE EDITOR

Bimpe Owoyemi

Gallery Statement

Over the years, the gallery has collected and shown the paintings of Dr. John Oyedemi. His unapologetic creative style and technique has no doubt stood the test of time. His works have achieved this feat by brilliant fidelity to their traditional roots, while also playing in the contemporary art genre.

Dr. John Oyedemi teaches Fine Arts at the University of Jos, Plateau State. He is a prolific painter who emerges from the glorious Zaria art school. He has been practicing for more than two decades, dedicated and a master of his vibrant colours, his textural depth in which they are rendered. Although he has in recent times explore the usage of white space usually dotted in dominant tones of drops of colours, gray tones, and bluish tonalities in varying degrees. He is someone who feels that man’s effort to create provides him that rare privilege to the extent that frontiers of existence through his imagination. He shared this feeling in one of his interviews with Edozie Udeze during the pandemic. John is unique in his boldness of color application, to him, profound colours, judiciously splashed on canvas, is what makes an artist unique. The judicious use of colour on canvas has in no doubt been registered as his profound signature.

Talking canvases shows the desperation of John’s effort to use his art as a tool and a platform that conveys his thought and ideas to the public at large through his paintings. It is known that artists tell their stories and also pass their messages through their art style, John on the other hand had gone theoretical with his painting. He paints and writes on his works, giving it a theoretical focus on issues that border on the society at large.

The show promises to be intriguing with the classical display of works of a master’s works that will play their part in strengthening the ever- vibrant Nigeria art and culture.

The gallery is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with Loving Gaze which is an independent not-for-profit organization. They serve the unprivileged community in Lagos and Taraba State, through educational activities, basic health care service, women empowerment and vocational training. The gallery is partnering by donating part of the exhibition proceeds to its course.

Open your mind as you view the deep essence of his paintings. Enjoy the show!

Patty Chidiac-Mastrogiannis

Curator, Alexis Galleries
March, 2021

Partnership with LOVING GAZE

The gallery is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with Loving Gaze which is an independent not-for-profit organization. They serve the unprivileged community in Lagos and Taraba State, through educational activities, basic health care service, women empowerment and vocational training. The gallery is partnering by donating part of the exhibition proceeds to its course.

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