October 19, 2018

SMO Hurls In The Last Rebel

SMO Contemporary Art is presenting Inner Light, a retrospective exhibition of rare works by Oseloka Osadebe, professor of art and a member of the famous Zaria Art Societypopularly called the Zaria Rebels, whose works have largely helped shape the course of contemporary art in Nigeria.

“Inner Light is a remarkable collection of works spanning over fifty years of artistic practice, including a unique showcase of sketches, paintings and sculpture produced over many years of teaching theatre at leading universities in the United States”, the Gallery says.

Osadebe left Nigeria in the early 1960’s and “is the last rebel to come home, sharing works created over a lifetime of

Oseloka Osadebe

teaching and experimental practice”.


Exhibition Opening:

2pm, Saturday, October 20, 2018

National Museum, Onikan, 


SMO shares a quote by Chika Okeke- Agulu, professor of African Art & African Diaspora Art at the Princeton University: The occasion of Oseloka Osadebe’s first one-person exhibition in Nigeria in more than fifty years is a remarkable event that will no doubt fill in one more of the many gaps in the modern Nigerian art historical scholarship. Osadebe’s artistic journey has indeed been a long one. From the young artist who with his Art Society peers at the dawn of political independence in 1958 announced their commitment to a formal language informed by indigenous traditions, to an early career in the United States, during which he explored modes of abstraction first developed by the historical avant-garde, and finally to the mature artist who found renewed interest in realism, his evolution is quite remarkable.”



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