Nigerian Art Comes To Kensington

Nigerian Art Comes To Kensington

Aabru art, a leading international platform for modern and contemporary west African art, has brought its Transcending Boundaries exhibition to London and it’s on now.

The exhibition began on 22 April at the Lacey Contemporary Gallery in Kensington and will stay until 11 May. The exhibition features the latest contemporary pieces by 35 established Nigerian artists from the Guild of Professional Fine Artists of Nigeria.

Transcending Boundaries 2015 is the largest-selling modern and contemporary west African show in London with pieces starting from £2,000 up to £15,000. The gallery encourages art lovers to visit and view the pieces by some of the most prominent  masters of contemporary art in their regions, alongside internationally emerging artists using art as a ‘catalyst for change’, with themes highlighting the cultural and natural changes across the continent.

A spokeswoman for the event told: “Aabru Art and its founder Anshu Bahanda believe in the strength of their artists to portray their notable talent and in the stories that their art convey.


“Different from previous years, this Transcending Boundaries is focusing on the boundaries that have yet to be transcended at many different levels and in many different layers – in Africa and globally – the value of life, water scarcity, and many other issues. It’s about using art as a catalyst for change.”

The exhibit closes with a charity day on 17 May taking place in La Petite Maison in Mayfair, with proceeds raised to benefit Tulsi Chanrai Foundation, which helps disadvantaged people in Nigeria.

The founder of Aabru Art Anshu Bahanda believes African artists have unique strength which is portrayed through their art.  He said on the website, “Kehinde Sanwo’s painting entitled Tribal Influence, is an oil painting on textured canvas and part of a tribute series to Pablo Picasso’s career. The painting visually illustrates, documents and celebrates the influence of African Art, especially African masks and sculptures, on Picasso’s work. Is Picasso’s art the legacy of African Art?”

                                                                                     The show features work by 35 Nigerian artists


The Leading Platform for Modern and Contemporary West African Art

22 April – 11 May & 17 May 2015

  • 22 & 23 April – Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP
  • 24 April – 11 May – Lacey Contemporary Gallery, 8 Clarendon Cross, London W11 4AP
  • 17 May – Aabru Art Charity Day to benefit TulsiChanrai Foundation at La Petite Maison,
    54 Brook’s Mews, London W1K 4EG

photo credit and source: Aabru Art

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