The Omenka Gallery of the Ben Enwonwu Foundation (BEF) and the BLOOM Gallery at The Life House present ‘Body Formations’ , an exhibition of paintings by two of Nigeria’ s exciting and impressive contemporary artists, Ola Balogun and Josh Nmesirionye. The exhibition is supported by xxxxxxx and will open on Friday May 27 and run until Friday June 10, 2011.
Ola Balogun (b. 1972) graduated from Auchi Polytechnic (1991) with a HND in Painting. Ola has exhibited extensively in Nigeria, South Africa, Europe and the United States. He is the public relations officer of the Society of Nigerian Artists, Lagos State Chapter. Working in acrylic, artworks using the striking and surprisingly effective combinations of blocks of bold solid colour applied using a broad cross hatching technique and minimal application of detail in his paintings.
Joshua Nmesirionye (b. 1968) graduated from Auchi Polytechnic (1998) with a HND in Painting. Joshua has exhibited extensively in Nigeria. He is a full-time studio-artist and is inspired by impressionist masters like Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro. Nmesirionye accentuates his figures with chalk and pastels and adds some mystery to his textured canvases with the heads of his figures beyond the picture plane leaving plenty to the imagination.