Good Evening everyone. I hope you've all had a great start to your week. Today's post is about the "Coherence in Duality" exhibition by Artist and Engineer Dipo Doherty.
The exhibition held between the 13th and 19th of June at West Africa's foremost gallery the "Nike Art Gallery" and it was truly something to behold.
As it turns out, I went to school with the artist and as such, I had been following some of his work and inspiration on instagram and had been very impressed with the level of creativity and his train of thoughts. So quite naturally, when I saw a post advertising his upcoming exhibition, I knew I had to catch it and I was really glad I did.
I know at first glance for the novice, the paintings look like a bunch of beautiful crafted, super abstract and somewhat esoteric body of work but that couldn't be further from the truth.
Coherence in duality is an incredibly creative and intellectually vast curation of art that explores everything from the economic upheavals of the oil rich Nigeria, to the concept and reality of self actualisation; which the artist achieves through a deconstruction process.
What I found to be remarkably interesting was that, no matter how different the inspiration behind each painting, there was one central theme... "Knowledge" or at the very least the quest for it.
It was very much about breaking free from the limitations of our own perceptions and coming to a deeper understanding of self, environment, the complexities of being and some of the most prominent philosophical questions of life.
It really was quite a complex but apt body of work and I was grateful I got a chance to have the artist work me through the various paintings, their meanings and some of the inspiration behind them. Being let in on the artists unique perspectively, definitely brought a deeper appreciation to not just the work, but the meaning behind them
It is possibly one of the most thought provoking body of works I've ever seen and so it came as no
surprise that it was a critical success and a well deserved one if I might add.
In an era of astounding mediocrity, Dipo Doherty has what is arguably, one of the greatest minds of our generation that I've had the pleasure of peeking inside. He is definitely an artist to watch.
PS: He did joke about people being somewhat disappointed in his otherwise regular; no tattoo and no multiple piercings having appearance. Lool!
Erin Ijesha Waterfalls at Night
L- R : Me, Artist (Dipo Doherty) and Adim
PHOTOGRAPHY by : Vincent Okoro
Thank you all for stopping by....xxx