From November 12 to 21, 2017, Omenka Gallery will present Where Do We Go from Here?, an exhibition of recent work by leading contemporary Nigerian artist Ebenezer Akinola.
Akinola was born in Ibadan on the 1st of December, 1968. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in painting from the University of Benin in 1989. Between 1991 and 1992, he taught at Holy Child Secondary School, Calabar, and Birrel Avenue High School, Lagos. He later worked for a year at Insight Communications Limited, Lagos before settling down into full studio practice.
Portraits and figure studies form a special part of Akinola’s oeuvre. He skillfully achieves a balance of realistic and abstract passages in his work, adding further depth with a combination of broad sweeping strokes in the background and smaller, finer details to accentuate areas of interest.
Akinola has received several important commissions including portraits of former leaders Nnamdi Azikiwe, Abdulsalami Abubakar and Olusegun Obasanjo, which are all displayed at the National Gallery of Art, Lagos. He is a member of the Society of Nigerian Artists.
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