Paul Ayihawu
“Legacy Brothers”
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Lot Details

Charcoal and acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 in. (127 x 102 cm.)
Year: 2021
Extra Info:

Signed recto

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Seller: Paul Ayiwahu, Lagos, Nigeria.

Being a self-taught artist, my approach is to experiment with human forms and investigate the psychology of being, by capturing the emotional state of my subject at a particular moment and by asking: ‘how do we feel a sense of belonging in an environment that constantly tells us we are not enough?’ I work with mixed media using charcoal, oil, acrylic, and fabric to create a dialogue of human anatomy. I particularly love rendering the flesh tones in charcoal while all other parts are covered with vibrant colors. Sometimes I infuse signs and symbols of the rich West African heritage into my work to further illustrate my rich ancestry as a Nigerian/Beninoise. My figurative pieces focus more on the socio-cultural impact of the African youth as I find meaning in the mundane activities and exuberance scene in the neighborhood. I am also intrigued by the impact of colonialism on black culture and these are seen in the way I portray the figures in my painting which are characterized by poise, elegance, and iconic postures of the old masters’ paintings. I use my art as a form of activism to challenge the contemporary issues in the society.

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