Here are Rele Gallery’s 2018 Young Contemporaries

Rele Arts Foundation is proud to announce the third edition of the Young Contemporaries initiative. The initiative identifies, promotes, and mentors young Nigerian visual artists, giving them the tools to succeed critically and commercially in the global art marketplace.

Five bright, and promising young artists working in diverse mediums with varying degrees of skills and techniques have been selected and highlighted as the ones to watch out for in 2018. Themes in this year’s works include; sexuality, cultural and self-identity, socio-political commentary, and the bipolarity of human nature. The resulting exhibition is an indication of a younger generation contributing their artistic voice to societal issues.

Yasser, 29, a mixed media artist, takes as inspiration, his wrestle with his multi-cultural heritage. His work brings together the pieces of the different nationalities and cultures.

Samuel, 25, a hyper-realistic artist works mainly with pastel and charcoal. His work highlights the chaos and imbalance in the Nigerian society.

Dandelion, 24, a photographer uses a conceptual approach to offer a fresh perspective on the perceived notions and misconceptions of sexuality in Nigeria.

Habeeb will through medium and large-scale abstract paintings provide commentaries informed by his observation of our socio-political environment.

Abisola, 22, a painter, will use watercolor to showcase a personal documentation of the bi-polar extremes of human nature in relation to living.

With support from the Rele Arts Foundation, each one of the 2017 selected artists was awarded a grant to produce the body of work that will make up the exhibition.

The #YoungContemporaries2018 exhibition will open on Sunday, January 14th, 2018 and will run through February 25th, 2018


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