Adjani Okpu-Egbe - Fabricated Anthropology

5th October – 11th November 2017 / Solo show of paintings by Adjani Okpu-Egbe

 

Adjani Okpu-Egbe is a distinctive voice amongst a new generation of African-born artists. His textured oil paintings have a strong social commentary, describing the artist’s political activism and interest in historical Black leaders.

His ability to communicate his everyday stories, combined with political activism, has resulted in a style one might refer to as ‘Afro Expressionism’. This pictographic art form incorporates the artist’s own symbols and characters, reflecting a tradition of oral history passed down through his African lineage. Often painting onto found materials such as reclaimed furniture, textiles, bubble wrap, and old doors, Adjani’s imagination and experimental curiosity allow him to take salvaged materials to heart and use them as convincing metaphors.