Every canvas is a visual representation of the artists’ mind. – Affinity Art Gallery, 2021
In celebration of her first anniversary, Affinity Art Gallery presents ‘The Artists Canvas’ a
collective show presenting works of modern artists including Muraina Oyelami, Rufus
Ogundele, Samuel Ovraiti, Amos Odion, Emmanuel Ekong Ekefrey, mid-level career artists,
Isaac Emokpae, Kelani Abass, Alex Nwokolo, Phillips Nzekwe, Ebong Ekwere, Akachukwu
Emeka, Marshall Nwauwa, and contemporary artist Anne Adams.
This amalgamation of works exhibited creates a cross-section of generations that draws a
bridge with the past and present, expressively incorporating raw materials, all with a solid
foundation. The collective show references the lineage of African artists, attempting to
evoke memories of culture and contemporary archives using layers of complex traditions
solidified through years of artists’ practice. This fragmented narrative tells a story of
resilience and growth and suggests hidden worlds with the now-historical visual vocabulary
of the artists.
Reflecting on a challenging first year due to the global health crisis, Olugbemiro Arinoso the
director of the gallery said, “We have been on an exciting learning curve in the past year. So
far, we have hosted four exhibitions featuring some of the very best emerging artistic minds
Africa has to offer. This has been very much a team effort; our staff, artists, sponsors,
partners, collectors, and the wider Art community have all been supportive as we continue
to innovate and grow. The African art industry has changed so much in the last ten years,
and we are proud to be contributing our part in its continued development and success”.